Alzheimer’s: responsible smartphones?

55.2 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the World Health Organization. A number that is expected to reach 139 million in 2050. A recent study attributes the increase in so-called early cases to the growing use of smartphones.

Published in the scientific journal Current Alzheimer Research»this research has established a link between the development of early cases of Alzheimer’s disease and overexposure to electromagnetic waves from cell phones and Wi-Fi.

It has been generally accepted for almost a quarter of a century that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a significant accumulation of calcium in the brain. Concretely, an excess of intracellular calcium could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The study indicates that electronically generated electromagnetic fields (EMF) may contribute to the buildup of this calcium. And these EMFs come from devices such as cell phones.

Scientists agree that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by excessive calcium buildup in the brain
[TIMOTHY RITTMAN / UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE / AFP]

Even if doubts had existed for a long time about the harmful effects of mobile phones on our body, in particular the brain, never has a study been able to mention exposure to connected objects among the causes of Alzheimer’s.

Scientists have been able to establish the link between “early” diagnoses, in individuals aged 30 to 40, and exposure to pulsed electromagnetic fields, generated electronically by our mobile phones. Another note from the study is that the age of onset of Alzheimer’s disease has been decreasing over the past 20 years or so, since when exposures to EMFs from wireless communications have increased.

If confirmed, this discovery would imply that the number of Alzheimer’s cases could double within 25 years, while our generation, much more exposed to the waves, is getting older.

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