arms about six years earlier in dementia
There are currently around 47 million people living with dementia around the world, about 1.5 million in Germany, most of whom have Alzheimer's. But the number continues to grow. According to the Alzheimer's report, a further dementia diagnosis occurs every 3.2 seconds. A new study from Germany has now shown that poor and less educated men develop dementia on average six years earlier than those with a higher education level and better income.
Early need for care for the poor
This is the result of an evaluation of the health insurance fund AOK Rheinland / Hamburg, reported by the "World".
According to this, men with an income of less than 800 euros per month were 75 years old on average for their first dementia diagnosis, while men with an income of more than 1,600 euros were around 81 years old.
This relationship is also related to the need for long-term care: According to the data, poorer and less educated men are on average seven years before educated and well-earned, According to the "World", this is the result of the insurance data of the health insurance company, which has evaluated it as part of its current "care report".
More educated people often live healthier
According to the newspaper report, this is explained by experts by the fact that people with comparatively high education - and as a rule a comparatively high income - are in many cases healthier and exercise more sport.
The same is true for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or myocardial infarction: people who eat unhealthy and move little, develop obesity and hypertension and harm their vessels.
"This applies to the vessels in the heart as well as those in the brain," explained Thomas Willnow, head of a research group at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, against the "world".
In addition, people with a high level of education, according to Willnow, tend to be more mentally fit in advanced age."It is a bit of a recommendation to solve crossword puzzles in the Rentenalter, in order not to mentally insure," the specialist said.
Relationship between education and Alzheimer's is also seen critically
Already in the past, different studies have shown that better education can protect against dementia and mental training helps to prevent Alzheimer's.
However, according to some experts, the impact of education on the development of dementia is also critical.
For "31 studies carried out in Europe on this subject, 19 studies were able to establish a positive influence between education and Alzheimer's dementia, but no reference could be found in 12 studies," Dr. Thorsten Müller from the Medical Proteom Center of the Ruhr-University Bochum( RUB) in the summer.
Prevent incurable disease
Dementia has not been curable so far, and prevention is therefore a very special one. To prevent Alzheimer's, it is recommended not only to be mentally fit, but also to move regularly and to eat healthy.
In addition, diseases such as diabetes or hypertension should be treated as these are considered to be a risk factor.
Also interesting are several studies that have been published over the last few years and provide an indication of how to avoid dementia. For example, three cups of coffee per day, regular saunas and cannabis should help to prevent Alzheimer's disease and / or reduce the risk of it.(ad)
According to a new study, poor and less educated men on average suffer from dementia about six years earlier than those with a higher education level and better income.