Dementia has been identified as the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Statistical reports show that most men in these countries die of heart diseases while dementia takes center stage for women.
According to a BBC news report, Alzheimer’s disease made the top three list.
However, the Office of National Statistics cited an aging population and a decline in other deaths – especially heart disease – as the reasons.
Also, doctors have gotten better at diagnosing dementia and so the condition is now given more weight on death certificates, the article adds.
Hilary Evans of Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “These figures once again call attention to the uncomfortable reality that currently, no-one survives a diagnosis of dementia.
“Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing, it’s caused by diseases that can be fought through research, and we must bring all our efforts to bear on what is now our greatest medical challenge.”
More than 61,000 people died of dementia last year. The total number was recorded as 11.6% of all registered deaths, the agency says.
Statistics also show the disease killed twice the number of women compared to men – 41,283, compared to 20,403.
Dementia – including Alzheimer’s disease, accounted for 15.2 percent of all female deaths, up from 13.4 percent in 2014.
There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, the statistics report says.
All types of cancer as a group remains the most common cause of death overall, the article notes.
Martina Kane of the Alzheimer’s Society said: “It is essential that people have access to the right support and services to help them live well with dementia and that research into better care, treatments and eventually a cure remain high on the agenda.”