Picking Your Nose May Increase The Risk Of Alzheimer’s And Dementia!
Kid, it is a bad habit to pick your nose in public! Sounds familiar? We’ve all been through this. Our parents have taught us not to indulge in such manners and blow our noses the right way.
Till now, we all used to think that picking noise is only unsanitary and unappealing. But did you know? According to a recent research study, the risk of doing this is far too much. If you’re habitual in doing this, it can increase the chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How Does Nose Picking Affect Alzheimer’s Dementia Risk?
The researchers at Griffith University showed everyone how bacteria can work their way through the olfactory nerve of your nose and end up inside the brain. There the bacteria start to create markers due to which the brain starts to deposit amyloid beta protein and which indicates the signs of Alzheimer’s.
This study was conducted and then published in the Scientific Reports journal. According to the study, there is a nerve that extends from your nasal cavity to the brain. In this nerve, Chlamydia pneumonia travels to invade the entire nervous system.
This is the first research on the particular topic and professor James St John said that they are the first ones to show it. They explained how a basic habit like picking your nose can lead to disastrous results.
Why Does It Happen And What Did The Research Tell Us?
Professor James is the head of the Clem Jones Centre. He leads the neurobiology and stell cell research there. He experimented on a mouse and the evidence instilled a scare in the team’s mind.
If you are constantly picking your nose and interfering with the lining of the nose, multiple bacteria can travel up to the brain. The olfactory nerve is continuously exposed to air and has a short route toward the brain. It also bypasses the barrier of the blood-brain.
Now that the results have shown that the research is worthwhile, the research team of Griffith University is planning to undergo the next phase. Here, it would be proved that the experiment done on a mouse is the same for a human. This would confirm the doubts that the team still has.
This is one of the research studies that have been proposed by a lot but there’s no sign of completion. The team is at a stage where it knows the same bacteria is present in humans. It is yet to be found how the bacteria reaches this area.
Professor St John is not only performing the research but is also trying to help people. He has laid out a few ways in which you can take care of the nose lining and minimize the risk of late-onset of Alzheimer’s. As he has suggested, it is not a good habit to pluck your nose hair or pick the dirt. It can lead to significant damage to the nose lining. If that happens then the bacteria limit traveling to your brain can significantly increase.
Once a person turns 65, the risk of Alzheimer’s certainly increases but age itself is not the only concern. Changing environmental factors and exposure can also increase the risk factor.
Professor St John has said that if the team conducts small tests, they can show a lot of potential for detecting dementia and Alzheimer’s. One of the first indicators of Alzheimer’s is loss of smell.
So, if you have recently turned 60, it could be beneficial to keep getting small check-ups done. If the problem is detected at an early stage, it can be taken care of in a better manner.
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