According to experts, there could be a "cure for dementia" in the next 10 years
The unstoppable brain-wasting disease currently affects around 850,000 people in the United Kingdom and 5.7 million Americans, but there is no way to stop the condition.
Professor Bart De Strooper, a world-renowned neuroscientist at University College London, says researchers will have invented a cure for 2028 or even earlier.
Although he has not mentioned a specific treatment that could be ready within that time, Professor De Strooper says the research is going in the right direction.
The therapies could involve addressing the genetic causes or stopping the lethal accumulation of proteins in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Experts in particular want to focus on treatments in people in early stages of dementia, before it has caused severe and irreparable damage.
Professor De Strooper's comments come less than a week after the scientists said they could predict dementia 10 years before it started with a blood test.
Scientists at the Dementia Research Institute at the University of London say they are working to develop a cure for dementia in the next 10 years (stock image)
The world-renowned Belgian scientist has been director of the Dementia Research Institute at UCL since 2016.
He leads a team of 270 researchers from six universities, who are trying to find a way to treat the cause of dementia instead of dealing with its symptoms.
Most people who develop dementia do so because they have Alzheimer's disease.
It is believed that Alzheimer's is caused by the waste proteins that accumulate in the brain, gradually destroying nerve cells and reducing the brain's ability to function.
Professor De Strooper told the Daily Express: "I think we will have a cure." In 10 years we will have a cure. I wait before.
"You start seeing biochemical changes about 20 years before the dementia manifests so if you could stabilize the disease in this insidious phase, then that would be very good, that would also be a cure."
"It's a bit like cancer, you do not expect to treat the patient when the cancer has taken over the body."
& # 39; You want to treat it at the beginning when you have limited problems & # 39;
Scientists work together from UCL, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, King's College London, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cardiff.
The number of researchers is expected to more than double to 700 at the Dementia Research Institute of £ 250 million over the next two years, in an attempt to increase efforts to eradicate the devastating disease.
Last week, scientists said they could soon predict dementia up to 10 years in advance with a simple blood test.
The researchers led by the University of Copenhagen said that doing a blood test and comparing it with the age and sex of people could predict their chances of contracting the disease.
The results may induce doctors to prescribe medications at an earlier age and give advice on changes in lifestyle to help people avoid the condition.
And although there is no cure, research professor Frikke-Schmidt said: "Reducing the risk factors for dementia may have the potential to delay or prevent the development of the disease."
WHAT IS DEMENTIA? THE MURDERED DISEASE THAT STEALS THE SUFFERERS OF ITS MEMORIES
Dementia is a general term used to describe a variety of neurological disorders
A GLOBAL CONCERN
Dementia is a general term used to describe a variety of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions that affect the brain.
There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common.
Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.
Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in a unique way.
Dementia is a global concern, but it is seen more frequently in richer countries, where people are likely to live to old age.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?
The Alzheimer's Society reports that there are currently more than 850,000 people suffering from dementia in the United Kingdom, of whom more than 500,000 have Alzheimer's.
It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the United Kingdom by the year 2025 will increase to more than 1 million.
In the USA UU., It is estimated that there are 5.5 million people with Alzheimer's. A similar percentage increase is expected in the coming years.
As a person's age increases, the risk of developing dementia also increases.
Diagnostic rates are improving, but it is believed that many people with dementia have not yet been diagnosed.
IS THERE A CURE?
Currently there is no cure for dementia.
But new drugs can slow down their progression and the earlier it is detected, the more effective the treatments are.
Source: Dementia UK