The global approach to dementia has changed in recent years. For decades it was considered an inevitable part of aging, something that happened as someone got older. However, that logic has changed and now scientists know that dementia is a disease, and one that could be treated, if not cured. As a result, millions of pounds have been invested in research into new dementia treatments.
In addition to investigating new treatments, resources have also been devoted to identifying early signs of dementia.
Now, a new study has identified how a craving for sweets could signal the early onset of dementia.
A new study, published in JAMA Neurology, suggests that people with a type of dementia known as frontotemporal dementia may experience sudden cravings for sweets.
The study found that patients with frontotemporal dementia ate more sugar and carbohydrates than those without the disease.
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Boston University Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Dr. Andrew Budson: “Most people with frontotemporal dementia begin to show symptoms between the ages of 45 and 65.”
Dr. Budson added, in his experience, that a change in craving has been a warning sign for people with this form of dementia.
“Some people compulsively perform repetitive movements, such as turning the light off and on again each time they pass it,” Dr Budson added. “Others show a marked change in food preferences, binge eat, or smoke or drink alcohol excessively.”
Frontotemporal dementia is just one form of dementia.
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Her parents, Phoebe and Joe, hope to raise awareness of her rare genetic condition, known as CLN2 Batten disease.
Like dementia, this disease is currently incurable.
People with the disease currently have a life expectancy of between six and 12 years.
The parents set up a GoFundMe page to fund private treatment for their daughter.
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