Parkinson’s is a disease which affects the central nervous system. At present, around 60,000 people are diagnosed with this degenerative condition in the United States.
Most of them are old adults, so, due to the fact that the population is ageing, the number of patients who suffer from Parkinson’s will rise by 2030. So far, the medical world hasn’t discovered any cure for the disease. The best they can do is keep symptoms under control.
A new study shows that people who had their appendix removed are less exposed to developing Parkinson’s
A recent study revealed that a removed appendix reducers the risk of Parkinson’s by nearly 20%. How is that possible? The study gives us the answer.
It looks like gastrointestinal symptoms are the first ones who appear when Parkinson’s will be diagnosed. These signs can be noticed before neurological symptoms. Even 20 years can pass before the neural alarm starts ticking.
Also, the nerves found in the digestive system contain a protein associated with Parkinson’s development – the alpha-synuclein. This is the reason why gastro-intestinal problems could signal the appearance of Parkinson’s later in life.
Removing the appendix would stop the alpha-synuclein from reaching the brain
Scientists also managed to discover that a high concentration of alpha-synuclein can be found in the appendix. Once this part of the digestive system is removed, the protein which sets Parkinson’s off has lower chances of getting into the brain.
This leads to the conclusion that people who have had the appendix removed are less likely to develop the terrible disease. The situation looks even better for people who live in rural areas.
The environment is cleaner and they live a healthier life, with natural food and fresh air. These factors protect their digestive system, so it’s even more difficult for the alpha-synuclein to affect their brain.
These findings are important, because they help the medical world make important progress. Scientists can figure out better and more efficient ways to prevent the development of Parkinson’s and control the symptoms.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.