Yes, I know this isn’t what they recommend but…..

One in two women will develop dementia or Parkinson’s disease, or have a stroke, in their lifetime, new research suggests.

About a third of men aged 45 and half of women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a study of more than 12,000 people.

The researchers, from the University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, said preventive measures could “substantially” reduce the burden of the illnesses.

Die younger and miss the diseases of old age.

20 thoughts on “Yes, I know this isn’t what they recommend but…..”

  1. “The best current evidence suggests that eating a balanced diet, controlling our weight, staying physically active, not smoking, only drinking within the recommended limits and keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in check are all associated with better brain health into old age.”

    No it doesn’t. Evidence seems to suggest that smoking & drinking moderately in excess of the meagre guidlines actually reduces the likelihood of dementia.

  2. So, in summary, immortality in this life remains elusive and if you’re going to smoke, drink or eat pies, kindly do it properly to improve the statistics and get out of the picture before you’re 45.

  3. I just filled in the application for signing up with a new GP. Amongst the ridiculously repetitive paperwork (I must have had to fill in my name and address at least half a dozen times – welcome to the 19th century) was a checklist obviously designed to appeal to 5 year olds.
    It asked about drinking habits and basically one would have to be tea-total or a one-sherry-at-xmas merchant not to get a nannyish scold along the lines of “you are at increased risk…”.

  4. @JS “I just filled in the application for signing up with a new GP. Amongst the ridiculously repetitive paperwork (I must have had to fill in my name and address at least half a dozen times – welcome to the 19th century) was a checklist obviously designed to appeal to 5 year olds.
    It asked about drinking habits and basically one would have to be tea-total or a one-sherry-at-xmas merchant not to get a nannyish scold along the lines of “you are at increased risk…”.”

    I had to do the same at my new surgery in Norwich (so therefore, to some extent still in the c19) when I moved house recently. I ignored the drinking thing and it turned out I *had* to complete it or would not be ‘welcomed’ into the fold.

    Box-ticking, nanny-statist wankery.

  5. Like I’ve been saying for years, what this country needs is a concerted effort to get the life expectancy down considerably. Cheap booze, fags, legalised drugs and a chip shop on every corner should do nicely. Plus be a far nicer place to live.

  6. I simply cannot imagine why young people choose to grow old, in spite of the multitude of evidence against it. If you’re young my advice is, never grow old. It’s not nearly as much fun as you think.

  7. If you take the time to read the study you find they lie, and acknowledge their lie. There of course is the standard politically correct bollocks about the currently fashionable lifestyle bogeymen exhorting us all not to smoke. Yet they acknowledge that Parkinsons is inversely associated with smoking, and provide a link to the study which shows it.

    http://cel.webofknowledge.com/InboundService.do?customersID=Highwire&smartRedirect=yes&mode=FullRecord&IsProductCode=Yes&product=CEL&Init=Yes&Func=Frame&action=retrieve&SrcApp=Highwire&SrcAuth=Highwire&SID=F1iLopstbmhVaggPBzJ&UT=WOS%3A000172410900013

    what’s more the more you smoke the more the protective effect. It’s only epidemiology of course, so must be treated with caution, but nonetheless the relative risks are high for this type of study, and probably at the very least demonstrates that smoking doesn’t cause Parkinsons.

  8. @TimN
    That’s because, however much you drink, it can’t be as much as a French doctor (true at the 90% confidence level for UK doctors, too).

  9. Chris,

    I am sure I read somewhere that the old joke about the doctor’s definition of an alcoholic (being someone who drinks more than he does) is now seriously anachronistic, given the number of men and women of peaceful inclination now practising that profession.

  10. I remember reading a clinical report in the 1990s or so, that showed that smoking high enough to trigger lung cancer was correlated with lower levels of bowel cancer.

    Does a propensity for lung cancer go hand in hand with a dispropensity for bowel cancer? (cf sickle cell, etc)
    Or does high levels of smoking protect against bowel cancer?

  11. ‘One in two women will develop dementia or Parkinson’s disease, or have a stroke, in their lifetime, new research suggests.’

    Outside their lifetime is of no interest?

    EDITORS! Come quickly!

  12. Can’t remember the film but I liked the dialogue;

    “Do you want a whisky?”

    – “it’s 10 o’clock in the morning, Sir”

    “Oh. Gin then?”

  13. Smokers have fewer years at-risk for competing causes of mortality. This isn’t particularly surprising.

  14. About a third of men aged 45 … are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a study of more than 12,000 people.

    Phew! Dodged that one by a couple of years!

  15. One in two women will develop dementia or Parkinson’s disease, or have a stroke, in their lifetime, new research suggests.

    So who is it going to be? My missus or the woman next door?

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