With an aging population and no new dementia drugs in over a decade, the need to find treatments that can slow or stop disease progression is greater than ever."Dr. Doug Brown, director of research at Alzheimer's Society
A treatment for Alzheimer’s disease will be available within a decade and could ultimately be prescribed like statins to prevent the onset of the illness, experts have predicted.--
But there is reason for hope because since the 1980s dementia rates have actually fallen by 20 per cent because of life-style improvements, meaning that people do not now get diseases like Alzheimer’s so early.
A recent study by Cambridge University suggested that cholesterol in the body could be driving vascular dementia, so controlling diet could help prevent up to 30 per cent of cases.
“Reduction in the proportion of elderly cases might relate to the fact we are getting better at controlling cholesterol,” added Professor Hardy.
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