Dozens of doctors, professors and other scientists called on the Dutch government to give more attention to preventative measures against dementia. A strong commitment to prevention can lead to a significant decrease in new patients, they said in an open letter addressed to Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and published by NRC.
Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
Eating at least one portio of fish per week decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia related disorders, according to a study done by an international team of researchers, including Ondine van de Rest of Wageningen University, at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago
The number of people that died from acute myocardium infarction - heart attacks - decreased by 7 percent in 2014. This cause of death has been steadily declining since the 70's. A total of 5.3 thousand people died of heart attacks last year, almost 400 fewer than in 2013.
Ten percent of 50 year olds show changes in their brains that point to the Alzheimer's disease. The specific protein accumulations appear 20 to 30 years before symptoms arrive.
Based on a clinical test, statins, which are drugs to help lower cholesterol levels, has been proved beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s. A recent study in the Netherlands has confirmed its positive effects, especially in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.