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Dementia is third most common cause of death

Dementia is the third most common cause of death in the UK claim researchers.

Data collected for The Global Burden of Disease Studyshow that dementia-related deaths have risen 52% since 1990.

In 1990 32,429 deaths were recorded in comparison for the 49,349 that occurred last year.

Alzheimer's Research UK believes that the problem will continue to grow due to the increasing age of the population.

Dr James Pickett, head of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society said: “With 225,000 people developing dementia every year - the equivalent to one person every three minutes - the condition is one of the biggest health and social care challenges we face.”

Alzheimer's comprises about two in three cases of dementia, followed by vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

The findings, published in The Lancet, are an in-depth look at changing patterns of 240 separate causes of death worldwide in 188 countries during the 23 years between 1990 and 2013.