Study finds dementia now starts much earlier

Doctors in the UK treating cognitive decline recently made a startling discovery: their patients are getting younger.

Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia usually show up when people are in their 60s, but doctors providing information for the Young Dementia UK charity say they have begun to treat patients in their 40s and 50s.

Researchers at Bournemouth University believe “modern life” may be mostly to blame. They studied adults in 21 Western countries and found that the problem was most severe in the U.S. They believe that environmental problems like pollution and pesticides could be at fault…

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