Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alzheimer's sparing no good and educated

Alzheimer's sparing no good and educated

Good people with a high degree of self-leading regular lives, less prone to the development of Alzheimer's disease, just as people with higher education; to the conclusions reached American and Swedish researchers, whose article published in the journal «General Psychiatry»
( «General Psychiatry») and «Neyrologiya» ( «Neurology»).

The first conclusion made by doctors at the University Medical Center Rasha (Rush University Medical Center) in Chicago, USA. They examined the health status of some thousands of Catholic monks and priests (an article in the magazine «General Psychiatry» quotes Reuters). It turns out that among most of which were measured, good life and restrict themselves to food and bodily pleasure (that is, have a high level of self), the number of patients with Alzheimer's disease was very low, much lower than that of ordinary people. In the surveyed group has not been a single case of dementia since 1994.

Data obtained from the survey of monks, researchers compared the data with ordinary people, who were asked to evaluate themselves on a scale «good» and the self (in the latter case it was necessary to put yourself from 0 to 48 points). The average level of self was 34 points. As it turned out, people with high self (who scored 40 points or more) to 89% less likely to suffer Alzheimer's than those who had low self (28 points or less).

As suggested by the authors of the report, high levels of self allows people a long time to deal with the approaching dementia syndromes: cognitive failure and mild cognitive decline (they are the two main symptoms of Alzheimer's disease). People with high self-accustomed to cope with difficulties, and can for some time to cope with the disease, believed to University Medical Center Rasha.

The second interesting discovery made by scientists Karolinska Institute (Karolinska Institute) in Stockholm, Sweden. According to their data, the risk of the disease Alygeymera also directly linked to the level of education rights (article in the magazine «Neyrologiya» quotes Reuters).

According to the authors of the report, people who have 6-8 grades of education, ill with Alzheimer's disease at 43% less than those who had studied only five years or less. And among those who studied at the School of 9 or more years or have tertiary education, the risk of developing dementia is reduced by 84%. «Low level of education clearly increases the risk of dementia», no doubt Tiya Ngandu (Dr. Tiia Ngandu) from the Karolinska Institutet. According to her, people with high IQ, even feeling the first syndromes approaching Alzheimer's disease are able to resist, unlike those who had not previously engaged in intellectual activities. These findings are directly correlated with data obtained by American researchers.

According to the World Health Organization, from Alzheimer's disease worldwide suffer about 18 million people. As has been reported around the world, among the factors that increase the risk of developing the disease, known as smoking and loneliness.

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