Dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, latest figures reveal. Last year, more than 61,000 people died of dementia - 11.6% of all recorded deaths. The Office for National Statistics says the change is largely due to an ageing population. People are living for longer and deaths from other things, including heart disease, have gone down. Also, doctors have got better at diagnosing dementia and the condition is now given more weight on death certificates.
Dementia has cemented its position as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. But part of the rise in dementia deaths can be explained by changes in how deaths are recorded. In fact, more people currently die from cancers than they do from dementia. The number of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have been increasing for several years, accounting for nearly 13 per cent of all deaths registered in 2018. But part of the explanation for this apparent increase is two coding changes by the ONS in 2011 and 2014, to follow guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Air pollution is propelling an exponential rise in dementia cases around the world, a global study has suggested. Cases of the disease are increasing at a rate of more than 20 per cent a year, most of which are in developed countries where air pollution is rife. Scientists found people were more likely to develop dementia later in life when they were exposed to two air pollutants over a long period of time. The research team, from the University of New South Wales, are particularly concerned by nitrogen dioxide and sooty smog pumped out by old diesel cars. The microscopic particles in air pollution are breathed deep into the lungs and enter the blood stream.
Nearly one in six people have developed dementia by the time of their death, new figures show. A report by Public Health England shows the number of people who died with dementia more than doubled in 13 years, from 6.6 per cent in 2001 to 15.8 per cent in 2014, the latest year for which records are available. An estimated 850,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with dementia, with figures expected to rise to one million by 2025, and two million by 2050. In 2014 there were a total of 73,189 deaths with a recorded mention of the condition. In 2014, there were 73,189 deaths with a mention of dementia in England.
A week ago the story that dementia had become the leading cause of death in England and Wales was making headlines. But now we hear that the proportion of people suffering from dementia is actually falling - how can both statements be true, asks Charlotte McDonald? Last week's news was based on figures from the Office for National Statistics, and the statisticians themselves pointed out why the numbers have increased. First of all, we have an ageing population. The older you get, the higher the risk of developing dementia.