Scientists previously used nine risk factors. Through combined research from several British universities, three have now been added: excessive alcohol consumption, air pollution and brain damage. The study results have been published in the medical journal The Lancet.
In the Netherlands, cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, rank first, says Scheltens. “But factors such as diabetes, obesity and little social contact also play a role.”
Scheltens is satisfied that alcohol consumption has emerged as a clear risk factor from the British study. “In previous reports, this was not so clear, while we have long known that excessive alcohol consumption is a risk. So I am happy that this study proves that.”
What is dementia?
Dementia is a clinical picture in which the mental faculties decrease drastically. As a result, someone is less able to perform daily activities, which were previously effortless, or not at all. Think of problems with getting dressed, preparing food, correct medication intake, or paying bills.
People with dementia live with the disease for an average of 8 years. During the disease process, both the number and the severity of the complaints increase. There is no cure for dementia. It is the most common cause of death in the Netherlands after cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Source: Alzheimer’s Netherlands