STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affected an estimated 6.7 million Americans in 2023, and deaths from Alzheimer’s more than doubled between 2000 and 2019
Previous U.S. data placed the number dying from Alzheimer’s disease around 83,000 in 2010. By 2014, research suggested the true number was well over half a million per year — more than six times higher than previously thought. Today, 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or some other dementia, and the death toll exceeds that of breast- and prostate cancer combined
Since there’s no conventional cure, prevention is crucial if you want to avoid becoming a statistic. Two key strategies are lowering your linoleic acid (LA) intake and avoiding estrogen and estrogenic compounds
Advances in diagnosis are being made. For example, researchers have created a blood test that predicts Alzheimer’s with great accuracy. There’s also a peanut butter smell test, and a free 15-minute at-home test called Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) that can facilitate early diagnosis

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