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New Research Suggests That Picking Your Nose May Make You More Likely To Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

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Picking your nose isn’t just a frowned-upon habit. According to a new study published in the journal Biomolecules, it also could potentially elevate your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Beta-amyloid protein is thought to play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, leading to the progressive loss of memory and cognitive functions.

Recent findings suggest that this protein might actually form in the brain as a protective response against germs entering through the nasal passage. In other words, when people put unwashed fingers in their noses.

In turn, the study’s research team proposed that the presence of neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease could be partly attributed to pathogens infiltrating the brain via the olfactory system.

“There is even some evidence to suggest that beta-amyloid may have antibacterial properties as a defense mechanism against microbial infections in the brain,” the study authors wrote.

The study highlights that infections caused by viruses, fungi, and bacteria are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It details how these pathogens can maintain persistent, latent, or chronic infections in body parts like the nasal epithelium.

They can remain in these areas for a long time without showing any clear symptoms. However, when they make their way into the brain, they can lead to harmful effects.

“The olfactory system represents a plausible route for pathogen entry, given its direct anatomical connection to the brain and its involvement in the early stages of AD,” the authors explained.

According to the Mayo Clinic, around 6.5 million individuals aged 65 and above in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Over 70% of these patients are also 75 and older.

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