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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, April 2, 2015

alzheimers news-the new facts

the 2015 new facts are out from the alzheimers association

here they are

its the only cause of death in america in the top 10 that cannot
be prevented cured or slowed

almost 2/3 of americans with alzheimers are women

1 in 3 seniors die from alzheimers or related dementias

alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the united states

only 45% of the alzheimers patients or their caregivers report
being told of their diagnosis
while 90% of the patients with the 4 most common cancers
have been told of their diagnosis

in 2015 alzheimers and related dementias will cost the us
226 billion dollars
by 2050 those cost could rise to $1.1 trillion

every 67 seconds someone develops alzheimers in the us

my thoughts
some researchers think when they look at the data
that alzheimers is really the 3rd leading cause of death

there are 5.1 million in the us with alzheimers over 65
by 2025 the number will be 7.1 million
by 2050 the number will be 13.8 million

from 2000 to 2013 the number of deaths from alzheimers
increased 71%

there is some hope that we may be able to delay its onset
by taking care of our national health
the mind diet
control of blood pressure cholesterol diabetes weight
adequate sleep

its interesting that if we cured alzheimers disease
that the national debt each year is the same as what
we will be spending on alzheimers if we dont get a cure

i as a physician cannot imagine not telling a family or
a patient that they have alzheimers disease
like a cancer diagnosis they have a right to know

i have a sign in my front yard
that says every 69 seconds someone is diagnosed with the
its two years old
time is ticking away for us
now its 67 seconds
we need to stop time in its tracks

we need help from congress
we need help from you and me

the organicgreen doctor

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