Alzheimer's disease – the degenerative condition that is best known for its debilitating memory loss – already sits as a specter above many Baby Boomers, but most presume that this issue won't be a threat to them for years to come. However, a team of British researchers have recently discovered that this and other forms of dementia have begun to set in at earlier ages than ever.
According to a press release from Bournemouth University, more people under 55 years old are beginning to develop symptoms of dementia, and such conditions are posing a substantial threat to aging longevity in many Western countries.
"Considering the changes over the last 30 years – the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionizing radiation – PC's, microwaves, TV's, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food etc. There is no one factor rather the likely interaction between all these environmental triggers," said Professor Colin Pritchard by way of explaining the possible causes for this rise.
Genetics could also play a role in the prevalence of these mental conditions, but Pritchard and his colleagues note that this would not account for the fact that they are striking middle-aged individuals in greater numbers.
Alzheimer's disease currently affects one in eight senior citizens in America, the Alzheimer's Association estimates. If you are concerned about your aging longevity, contact the specialists at Longevity Centres of America in Houston to learn how certain dietary choices, as well as anti-aging treatments like IV chelation and infusion therapy, may be able to protect your from environmental hazards and promote your long-term health and well-being.