Is Alzheimer’s Disease Contagious?
Alzheimer’s disease is very common among elderly people. One in three seniors develop the disease before death. Scientific researchers of brain degenerative diseases have determined that Alzheimer’s disease can be spread from dental plaque and some surgical procedures.
Poor oral hygiene has been associated with coronary heart disease. Recently, dental tartar is believed to lead to amyloid plaque formation in the brain. Amyloid plaque is the seed that can cause Alzheimer’s disease. The periodontal bacteria P. gingivalis can enter the brain and make way for other pathogens that cause brain inflammation and eventually lead to dementia.
Medical procedures that were once believed to be safe can possibly spread the protein seed that can cause Alzheimer’s disease. From 1958 to 1985, some people short of stature were injected with growth hormone from the pituitary glands of cadavers that had an abundance of amyloid protein contamination. Since 1985, hormones are no longer derived form human tiissues. Also, blood transfusions and contaminated medical and dental equipment are now believed to be possible ways to contract Alzheimer’s disease.
Remember to brush and floss your teeth every night and morning to reduce dangerous plaque formation.
Although hygiene habits as a whole tend to suffer in Alzheimer’s patients, dental tartar is now being identified as a possible pathogenic cause of amyloid plaque formation, a classic symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, in the brain. Researchers now theorize that these amyloid plaques may form as a defense response to bacterial intrusion in the brain.
Additionally, certain markers in Alzheimer’s patients’ bloodwork, like Interleukin-6, were found to be considerably higher than non-dementia patients. Interleukin-6 is strongly associated with the production of the amyloid proteins that make up Alzheimer’s lesions.
Although the oral hygiene/Alzheimer’s connection hasn’t been thoroughly researched, there is strong reason to believe that the simple action of brushing and flossing one’s teeth may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia caused by amyloid plaque.
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