Thousands fear they’ll develop this condition… Now there’s a way to know for sure 17



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Dementia can be an extremely debilitating condition and in the past it has been difficult for doctors to accurately predict if a person is likely to develop it in future.

Now though, thanks to new research coming out of London, determining a patients risk of developing the disorder just got a whole lot easier for doctors. Researchers have developed an process called the Dementia Risk Score, which analyses patients’ five-year medical history and uses the data to form a diagnosis.

The process was particularly successful at predicting the risk in patients aged between 60-79.

Looking at common possible risk factors for dementia, the researchers examined four different areas to determine the level of risk in a patient: “socio-demographic measures (e.g., age, sex, social deprivation); health and lifestyle measurements (e.g., alcohol use, Body Mass Index, blood pressure); medical diagnoses (e.g. diabetes, coronary heart disease); and use of prescription medication”.

The lead researcher on the project, Kate Walters, said she is hoping more research and funding can be put towards the project, no doubt due to it’s groundbreaking nature.

“This could help general practitioners working with people who are anxious about developing dementia,” she said in a statement.

There’s no word yet on when the Dementia Risk Score will be available in Australia, but many people are hopeful it’s sooner rather than later.

Do you know anyone who’s suffered from Dementia? Would you use the Dementia Risk Score test if it was available to you?


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  1. A world without dementia would be the best world for us all, I hope they can HURRY and find cure so that many older Australians won’t have to face the fear of perhaps getting it

  2. I have always believed an active mind helps. The brain is a muscle like any other in the body and should be exercised regularly. Young people are going to have a hard time of it later because everything is done for them, they don’t have to flex the brain muscle, all they have to do is Google. Now if I Google, it is an exercise in itself, negotiating the pathways to get the info I need.

  3. In the meantime, go to Utube and watch ‘The Grain Brain’. A neurologist talks about the correlation between some grains, especially wheat , and dementia. Now before you all say that we’ve always eaten wheat, watch the film; the wheat that we eat today is not the wheat of old. Apparently 50yrs ago food producers asked for a grain to be developed with more gluten to make their products more manageable. Sort of like an early GM product, we were more trusting then.

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    • No Vivienne it’s not, I have read numerous posts by people who have made miraculous turn arounds simply by removing wheat from their diet. I suffer from a particularly nasty autoimmune disease and since removing wheat from my diet, I have virtually no symptoms.

  4. Mike here-it speaks volumes to have your Advanced Care Directive in place, before you have the test then your directive cannot be overridden using your diagnosis of possibly getting dementia as a reason for not carrying not your wishes

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  5. None of this has been proved yet. Dementia is a symptom not a disease. It is associated with a number of illnesses. It touches people from all areas of society

  6. Of course I would love it to be here in Australia. Both my mother and Grandmother died of Alzheimer’s ,both suffered with it for about 8 years before they passed.

  7. If there is no cure for something, why would I want to know in advance, why disrupt your every day living because of a diagnosis such as this?!!!

  8. I don’t want to know – unless they can stop it getting worse! It would be devastating if you were still OK.

  9. Yes I would if it was available as my mother has it as did some of her siblings before they passed

  10. I saw my father succumb to dementia and I hate the thought that one day it could be my turn.. If there were a test to determine my risk factors I sure would take it. If it came back positive I would immediately start to put my affairs in order and declutter my life. If it came back negative I would be one happy lady.

  11. Absolutely to the dementia test. If I am going to lose my marbles I want to ensure everything is in place with my family affairs before I do.

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