Pharmaceutical drugs are NOT the way to cure dementia, experts admit.
As the average human lifespan increases, dementia and Alzheimer’s are on the up.
Each year there are thousands of new diagnoses, as the medical community struggles to keep up.
Never before has there been such an crisis in elderly care, and in some cases the age of onset is getting younger and younger.
At present, there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s. Scientists have identified the causes of the disease, but no successful medical treatment has been found.
But researchers have now revealed that pharmaceutical drugs may NEVER be the answer to beating dementia. The cure could lie in a totally different type of therapy.
At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this year, it was revealed by experts that cognitive therapies could be the answer.
The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care unveiled findings which put the emphasis on prevention rather than cure.
Most doctors admit that the best way to cure a disease is to prevent it from happening, and dementia is no different.
Findings, which were also published in The Lancet state that lifestyle factors could be the cure for dementia.
The findings stated:
“Increasing education during early life by staying in school until at least age 15 and dealing with hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in midlife can reduce the incidence of dementia by 20 percent combined”
“quitting smoking, exercising more, managing diabetes, boosting social contact and treating depression can slash dementia incidence by a further 15 percent.”
This news will no doubt come as a blow to the pharmaceutical industry, who make billions of dollars from medicines each year.
However, treating Alzheimer’s disease with pharmaceutical drugs was often found to worsen the patients condition.
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that patients who took antipsychotic drugs had a 60 percent higher chance of early death than those who did not.
The conference strongly supported the use of non-pharmacologic treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Instead, social, environmental and psychological interventions were suggested as a much better treatment for these conditions.
It is much easier to give up smoking, exercise regularly or join a social club to prevent the illness, rather than wait for it to strike.
With costs for treating dementia estimated at $818 billion in 2015, and an estimated 115 million people expected to have dementia by 2050, something needs to be done before the health industry collapses under the strain.