73% increase in dementia by 2050

The number of people living with dementia in Belgium will increase by 73% by 2050. That writes Het Neusblad, De Standard, Gazette van Antwerpen in a Importance of Limburg Friday, based on a study by the British medical journal The Lancet.

At the moment, 190477 Belgians have the disease, by that time it will be 330,572 Belgians. Globally, there will be a threefold increase, from 57 million dementia patients now to 153 million in 2050.

The main reason is an aging population – the older we get, the greater the risk of disease – but lifestyle also plays a role. Smoking, obesity, and diabetes are risk factors. Just like the low level of education, which can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and lower cognitive reserve.

At the moment, 190477 Belgians have the disease, by that time it will be 330,572 Belgians. Globally, there will be a threefold increase, from 57 million dementia patients now to 153 million in 2050. The main cause is an aging population – the older we get, the greater the risk of disease – but lifestyle also plays a role. Smoking, obesity, and diabetes are risk factors. Just like the low level of education, which can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and lower cognitive reserve.

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