42% Global Population Affected by Neurological Disorders: Study

A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that out of the 8 billion world population, 3.4 billion people have a neurological condition, Medical News Today reported.

This study indicates that 42.5% of the world’s population has a neurological disorder.

The study, published in the Lancet Neurology, further found that nervous system disorders are the leading cause of disability in people.

A surge in brain diseases correlates with a rise in premature deaths, particularly in developing nations with limited neurological healthcare.

Since 1990, brain disorder-related deaths and disabilities spiked by 18%. Top 10 neurological illnesses include stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetic neuropathy, which tripled since 1990. COVID-19 is also implicated in increased nerve disorders.

Dr. David Merill of Pacific Neuroscience Institute emphasizes lifestyle factors like exercise and social engagement in lowering dementia risk.

Urgent global healthcare efforts are needed to tackle the escalating burden of neu
rological diseases.

Source: Oman News Agency