Don’t get me wrong but I’m quite the fan of many a good zombie movie. I find the Walking Dead series very entertaining but the likelihood of some super virus or designer drug either re-animating the dead or converting the masses into a walking bunch of flesh eaters is wildly far fetched.
However, the real Zombie Apocalypse is nearly upon us. The new zombies I’m talking about will affect every living soul on the planet. It will nearly collapse the modern day healthcare system and will cost trillions to manage.
Alzheimer’s disease didn’t really exist as we know it 25 years ago but as we crossed of 2010 this disease has reached epidemic level and continues to grow.
Nobody really knows what causes Alzheimer’s, which is basically a plaque that attaches itself to nerve endings in the brain allowing the brain to not function normally. It starts with short term memory loss and gradually affects cognitive functioning to the point of being totally unable to function. Other side affects include aggression.
Some of contributing factors to this disease are head trauma (concussion) but the biggest contributor is Type 2 diabetes. Yes obesity! Excessive sugar intake is being looked at really hard here. Since the disease starts as early as in your 30’s the cumulative effects don’t fully manifest themselves for years.
With nearly 41% of the US population clinically obese by 2020, this disease will have grown so much that our country will look like something out of a Zombie movies we all love so much.
It’s really time for people to stop fantasizing about what is shown in the movies and start looking really hard at this disease that might eventually affect you or your family.