Modern life is causing dementia to develop earlier than ever, according to a study, carried out by Bournemouth University.
It found that more people are developing the symptoms of mental decline of dementia, blamed on PCs, mobile phones, chemicals and other electronic devices.
Professor Colin Pritchard, who led the study, said that the sharp rise in the deaths from dementia and other neurological disease in under-74s cannot be explained away by the fact we live longer.
Instead, the ‘epidemic’ is down to the environmental and social changes in the modern world, he claimed.
The US topped the list of Western countries with the highest increase in all neurological deaths between 1979 and 2010. The UK had the fourth largest increase, according to World Health Organisation statistics, with men up 32 per cent and women up 48 per cent — representing a rise from 4,500 deaths to 6,500.
Within the figures there is a ‘hidden epidemic’ of deaths in adults under 74, especially the UK, according to the study published in Public Health Journal.
Prof. Pritchard believes that the cause is a combination of factors including the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionising radiation — PCs, microwaves, TVs, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food and so on.
So what can we do to avoid these dangers? Eat organic wherever possible. Drink out of glass, not plastic. Do not microwave, especially plastics. Drink filtered water. Take regular breaks from computer screens. Use a handset for your mobile phone. Read a book or talk a walk instead of watching TV.
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