Alzheimer Related Deaths Are On the Rise In UK

According to a just concluded research from a Cambridge professor, deaths that have a direct link to Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise in the UK with about a 50 percent increase starting from 1990.

Working with academicians all over the world in connection to Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Rupert Bourne, from Anglia Ruskin University’s Vision and Eye Research Unit, helped in tracing the health developments around the globe.

The study contains the death statistics due to Alzheimer’s disease which continue to increase from 32,429 in the year 1990 to 49,349 in 2013. A span of 13 years.

The rate of deaths in the UK with regards to other diseases were also mentioned in the report. There was a marked increase by 34 percent in esophageal cancer and 31 percent in prostate cancer respectively. On other hand, deaths caused by heart disease declined by 45 percent

The top cause of deaths in UK in 1913 were ischemic heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. The combination of the three accounted for about 35 percent of deaths.

Still in 1913, suicide and ischemic heart disease were the usual causes of death for individuals whose ages ranged from 15 to 49.

Professor Bourne said: “It has been a privilege to have been involved in this vital study which gives a comprehensive view of mortality across the globe.”

“This informs what health services and governments need to focus their attention and resources on in 2014 – with an increasing life expectancy in the UK and indeed across the world, diseases such as Alzheimer’s are becoming increasingly prevalent.”

The report also mentioned that people have increased their life span around the world. The average increase is 6.2 years compared to 1990 when the average expectancy then was below 72 years.

The research was organized by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and was published today in The Lancet.


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