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Dementia can be predicted 5-10 years in advance.
Dementia refers to the degeneration in various forms of brain function, for which the symptoms come and go, resulting in dysfunction of thought, memory, reasoning and communication capabilities, as well as personality changes or irregularities. In some cases, patients may experience mood swings, stress, depression or refuse to comply and withdraw from society altogether. Dementia usually affects those over the age of 65. However, it can affect people between the ages of 30-65, too.
Early onset dementia is now found in up to 6.9% of all dementia cases, with most of that number being made up of working-age patients who may have overlooked the condition as merely being a part of the stress or depression that results from their careers. Nevertheless, in overlooking the condition and mistaking it for a benign illness, the patients are actually ignoring something with the potential to become extremely dangerous.
Latest research focuses on certain proteins being associated with dementia. A simple blood test can evaluate the presence of these proteins and help establish a risk score of developing early onset of dementia.