Announcement of the first guidelines for prevention … "Cost of care, $ 2 trillion per year 2030"
The World Health Organization (VHO) issued its first guidelines for reducing the risk of cognitive dysfunction, including dementia, reports the Vall Street Journal (VSJ) on Tuesday (April 14th). The WHO estimates that by 2050, the number of dementia-related patients worldwide will triple to around 150 million.
According to the report, the WHO strongly recommended that appropriate exercises, smoking cessation, hypertension and diabetes management be required to prevent dementia. It also helps maintain healthy eating, reduce alcohol intake, or consume alcohol, and controls levels of weight and cholesterol.
Currently, there are around 50 million people with dementia around the world, and about 10 million people develop each year.
The WHO estimates that by 2050 the number of dementia patients will increase by about three times, due to population aging, reduced physical activity, increased alcohol consumption, drug use and obesity. The cost of treating patients with dementia is expected to reach about $ 2 trillion a year in 2030 (about $ 2,377 trillion).
"There is a blunder that dementia is an inevitable process of aging," said Charles Puchlo Jr., President and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation in the United States. "The WHO recommendation is that people need to take steps to reduce the risk of potential dementia. I emphasize that there is a change in the way we live."
"There is currently no dementia drug," said Dr Taran Dua, a WHO research team who wrote guidelines. "It is better to focus on the direction of risk reduction (beginning). That is why we have introduced these guidelines."
He said the guidelines aim to provide health workers and policy makers with recommendations for combating dementia in adults, and the WHO works with various countries to collect more data on health and the development of national action plans to prevent dementia. He said.