The research was conducted by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, who note that their study adds to increasing evidence that lifestyle factors could add to brain health later in life, perhaps even reducing risk of dementia. According to senior researcher Prof. James T. Becker, health professionals estimate that more than 80 million people will have dementia by 2040. And the Alzheimer’s Association note that 5.2 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common types of dementia. By 2050, the organization estimates that the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease could nearly triple to 16 million if some sort of medical breakthrough or intervention is not put in place to slow or stop the disease.
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