Alzheimer's Disease Facts

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First, Alzheimer's is a relatively new disease. Prior to about 1900 there is not mention of this disease in any medical, religious, or secular literature. we find dementia associated with syphilis or vascular disease, but nothing resembling AD. Alzheimer's did not even have a name.

Secondly, although, Alzheimer's is a disease of the elderly, the reason for our current epidemic of AD is not related to our increased lifespan. Most of the gains in life expectancy have been made at the bottom of the scale. That is, infant mortality has declined sharply int eh past century. But those individual, hundreds of years ago, who survived to middle age could look forward with some confidence to a relatively healthy old age.Even before the advances made in medicine and hygiene in the twentieth century, thousands of people lived well into their seventies, eighties, and nineties--and yet we find no evidence of an epidemic of dementia in that population corresponding to the numbers we see today.

Dying for a Hamburger: Modern Meat Processing and the Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease, Dr Murray Waldman & Majorie Lamb

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