Dementia shock: Drinking coffee could skyrocket risk of developing disease

As more and more people are living longer thanks to medical advances, the more likely you will develop dementia in your later years.

The number of cases is forecast to triple by 2050, but with no cure in sight, your best chance of not suffering from the terrifying syndrome is to limit your chances of developing it.

A groundbreaking new study published in the medical journal Nutritional Neuroscience found that one popular drink can increase your chances of developing dementia by about 53 percent.

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The drink in question is the most widely consumed hot beverage in the world, coffee. More than 400,000 regular caffeinated and non-caffeinated coffee drinkers were analyzed by researchers.

They are divided into several categories ranging from those who consume one to more than six cups of coffee a day.

After 18,000 of the participants had their brain volume measured by an MRI scan, the results were exceptional. After 11 years, heavy coffee drinkers tended to have a smaller brain volume in the hippocampus, the region responsible for memory.

Harvard Health noted, “Heavy drinkers were 53 percent more likely to develop dementia than light drinkers. The risk was about the same, regardless of whether people were drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. “

Heavy coffee drinkers are those who consume three or more cups a day.

Previous results had shown that low coffee consumption can actually reduce the risk of developing dementia by preventing cognitive decline.

However, it seems that overconsumption makes your chances skyrocket.

What is dementia

Dementia is a syndrome and group of related symptoms that are linked to persistent decline in brain function, according to the NHS.

One in 14 people over the age of 65 develops it, and the disease affects one in six people over 80, but that number is growing.

The frightening syndrome is often characterized by memory loss, but it can manifest itself in different ways in people.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are often confused. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia in which the brain atrophies (shrinks) and the brain cells die.

This, along with vascular dementia, makes up the majority of dementia cases.

How to reduce the risk of dementia

Unfortunately, for some, a higher risk of developing dementia runs in the family, but there are certain things you can do to reduce your chances.

According to the NHS the public should:

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