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STATISTICS

Telomeres are your body’s biological clock.  Every time a cell divides, your telomeres shorten, and your cells become less efficient at dividing again.  This is why we age.

Despite the best efforts of modern medicine, nobody over 70 has much in the way of good news to look forward to.  The average American has a 30% chance of making it to 80 years, but that same person also has a 44% chance of getting Alzheimer’s along the way.

In 2017, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will total an estimated $259 billion. A recent study found that in the last five years of life, the costs of a person with dementia, on average, total more than $287,000 (in 2010 dollars).

Incidence in US = 5.3 million americans and rising

Death rate = 228 per day

Meanwhile:

The National Institutes of Health spends over $6 billion a year on cancer research, over $4 billion on heart disease research and over $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research. But it spends only$480 million on Alzheimer’s research.

THERE IS NO KNOWN TREATMENT OR CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Social Security Administration
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