What if Parkinson's disease develops not only in the brain? A disease characterized as a neurodegenerative, one of its origin can be in the digestive system. A study of 1.5 million people in Sweden, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found the relationship between the removal of apendicitis and the onset of Parkinson's disease.
Conducted to 1.7 million people, the study found that individuals who removed the supplement were up to 20% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease. On the other hand, people who had an appendectomy and who delayed the onset of the disease on average in 4 years.
In addition, breast proteins that were previously associated with the disease were detected in the supplement and in other parts of the digestive system, thereby adding to existing evidence linking the intestinal system to brain diseases.
The appendix is not useless
The supplement contains protein, alpha-synuclein, which accumulates in the brain of patients with Parkinson's disease. "Alpha-synuclein is a protein that does not like to remain immobile, it can move from neurons to neurons, if it enters the brain, it can sweat and spread and have neurotoxic effects that eventually lead to Parkinson's disease", describes Viviane Labrie, one of the authors of the study.
Although his reputation is largely unnecessary, the supplement actually plays a major role in our immune system, in regulating the composition of our intestinal bacteria, and now, as this study shows, Parkinson's disease looks.
Note, however, this study does not recommend removing the additive, far from it. "We do not say that if you have an ablation, you will not have Parkinson's disease"warns the researchers. No causal relationship has been established so far. As with studies of this type, other factors that are not taken into account can explain the difference between those who are ablated and others.