Published in factoidz
The new report entitled 2010 Alzheimerâ€™s disease Facts and Figures," indicates that ethnic groups are more likely to contract Alzheimerâ€™s disease than Caucasians. The report stipulates that Hispanics have a 1.5 greater chance of contracting Alzheimerâ€™s than whites do and Afro Americans are twice as likely. Although, this is an American report, the figures would equally apply to Canadians.
It would be logical to assume that genes might responsible for the statistics, however the report maintains that the findings to do not point to genes being the risk factor. What the researchers are hypothesizing is that the difference has to do with higher rates of hypertension and diabetes. The report went on to say that there is a growing body of research that points to the health of brain being closely related to heart and cardiovascular health as well.
The data so far is indicating that better health management especially in areas such as: smoking, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, inactivity and high blood pressure can actually slow down the decline of cognitive ability. In other words, if these other health concerns were controlled or eliminated the cases of Alzheimerâ€™s disease would also decline.
The report confirms other studies in their findings that people with lower incomes tend to have higher reported cases of dementia than those individuals with a higher education. The cause of this is not linked in anyway to lower intellectual abilities, rather it points to a lower socioeconomic level. Individuals with lower incomes tend to suffer from poorer diets and restricted access to proper health care.
Even though minorities suffer from Alzheimerâ€™s more frequently than whites, they are given the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimerâ€™s less often than white as well. The factors that could contribute for these discrepancies are: less access to doctors, high cost of diagnostic exams, distrust in doctors, fear that a diagnosis could cost their job, general perception that dementia is a normal process of aging and so on. Cultural attitudes may be a factor in reducing the possibility of early detection when the disease can best be treated.
During the period of 2000 â€“ 2006 Alzheimer reported cases increased by 46.1 percent and will continue to climb as the baby boomers age. About 500,000 Canadians have Alzheimerâ€™s, and 119,700 of Quebecers have it as well.
For Montrealers the contact for more information is:
Federation of Quebec Alzheimer
Societies, (514) 369-7891