Around 47 million people are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease across the world, and the number is expected to double in the next 20 years, said Balu Chakravarti, senior scientist at National Research Commission (Toronto, Canada).
Delivering a talk on ‘Recent trends in management of Alzheimer’s disease – An overview’ conducted by Saradva Villas College of Pharmacy at its seminar hall here on Friday, the scientist said: “There is not permanent cure for the disease, which is usually found in those who are aged 50 and above. It is also a genetic problem, but only 5% of the patients are affected due to this factor. About 90% of the cases are found among people aged 65 and above. There is no permanent cure for the disease. One can avoid the disease only through awareness and proper healthcare as there is no particular cause for the disease. People having cardiac, BP, and sugar-related problems are prone to Alzheimer’s. Earlier, the disease was seen more in western countries. But it has now spread in developing countries, including China and India. In India, over 5 million people are suffering from the disease. Only some drugs are available to treat the patients. But many of them have side-effects. Many patients who take tablets die due to a lot of side-effects. Researches are going on to come out with better drugs – those with little or no side-effects on patients”.Every year, about 10 million new cases of dementia are reported. That is, there is a case of dementia for every 3.2 seconds. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have memory loss, unpredictable behaviour, shrinking brains and other abnormalities in behaviour. The disease can be avoided by keeping the brain active through physical and mental activities. Engaging in physical activities for at least 15 to 20 minutes daily and following a healthy lifestyle will help. Yoga, listening to music, and healthy eating habit are some of the practices that can keep one healthy. The disease is comparatively less compared to urban areas,” added Balu. Mysuru district alone has over 2,000 patients.
Students, teaching faculty and general public got their doubts about the disease clarified at the event. College principal Hanumanthachar Joshi was present.