Alzheimer’s disease kills more than previously thought  Canadian Health Expert

Alzheimer’s disease kills more than previously thought Canadian Health Expert

Alzheimer’s disease kills more than previously thought

Posted by : Joshua BrownThursday, March 6th, 2014

A study has suggested that the previous ranking of Alzheimer’s as the sixth biggest killer in the US is wrong and actually puts it in third place behind heart diseases and cancer.

The research was carried out by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The scientists published the results in Neurology.  More than 2,500 people were followed for the study, all of whom were aged 65 and over, and all had annual testing for signs of dementia.  1,090 patients died an average of eight years into the study.

A large number of participants did not have dementia when the study began, but 559 people developed the condition while the study was ongoing.  The average time between diagnosis and death was four years.  Alzheimer’s disease was confirmed by autopsy in 90 percent of those who had been previously diagnosed.

It is thought that one of the reasons for Alzheimer’s not showing as a high cause of death is that Alzheimer’s is often not listed on a death certificate, but more immediate causes of death are, such as pneumonia.  For those aged between 75 and 84, there was a four times higher risk of death, and the risk was three times higher for people aged 85 and over.

The findings suggest that in 2010, more than 500,000 deaths could be attributed to Alzheimer’s disease, even though the official figures from the CDC are just 83,494.  The problem is trying to pinpoint just one cause of death in a person with Alzheimer’s when there could actually be more than one.

My name is Joshua Brown. I am a 58-year old man married to Mary. We live in Beaumont, Leduc County, Alberta. We have two children who have both left home and are pursuing their own careers.

I work as a nurse at the Beaumont Public Health Centre. Enjoying the outdoors being a great passion, my wife and I spend most weekends hiking in the beautiful landscape that Alberta is renowned for. We also take canoeing vacations in the Rocky Mountain national parks whenever we can. We are both very health conscious and attend the local gym two or three times a week. We are also very interested in the holistic approach to medicine. We are both strong swimmers and I love working with weights. About two years ago I took up writing as a hobby and post regularly to my blog about anything medical that takes my interest. I also cover ways to keep fit and to fight off the effects of ageing.

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