A new study released on Sunday said more than 26 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and warned that the number could go four times higher by 2050.
Researchers from John Hopkins University said the results showed that one in 85 people would have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years' time.
The figures, released at an Alzheimer's Association conference in Washington, could be seen as alarming if scientists cannot find better ways to battle Alzheimer's and protect aging brains.
"If we can make even modest advances in preventing Alzheimer's disease, or delay its progression, we could have a huge global public health impact," said Johns Hopkins public health specialist Ron Brookmeyer, who led the new study, at the conference.
Geographically, the study said the biggest jump is projected for densely populated Asia, home of almost half of today's Alzheimer's cases, 12.6 million. By 2050, it said Asia will have 62.8 million of the world's 106 million Alzheimer's patients, Africas 1.3 million Alzheimer today could go up to 6.3 million, Europes 7.2 million will reach 16.5 million and Latin America and the Caribbean from two million to 10.8 million.
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