In certain cases, pets are cute and adorable sometimes carries its own risks for the owner. As with any cats.
A recent study revealed that parasites are commonly found in cat feces can trigger suspected dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Parasites in question is Toxoplasma gondii. Previously, these parasites are advised to be avoided by pregnant women or those trying to have children because it can lead to potential disruption of the fetus.
The problem, cat owners sometimes do not wash their hands after handling pets or cleaning its cage. This is when the parasite enters the body them and ‘crawl’ to the brain.
Because these researchers speculate that these parasites can lead to a number of diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or mood disorders. The hypothesis they say, these parasites can allegedly change the chemical makeup in the human brain, thus making it vulnerable to disease.
Researchers trying out their theory in mice. One group of mice infected with these parasites and other groups of mice brain are modified to resemble a brain condition when attacked by Alzheimer’s disease.
After being tested, both showing the same symptoms, including an interruption in their learning ability and memory. Indications are quite prominent lies in changing the chemical makeup of the brain in mice infected with T gondii.
Even the presence of the parasite is proven to increase the likelihood of the mice to develop Alzheimer’s. Similarly, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Editor of the Journal of Parasitology, where this study was published, Michael Sukhdeo claimed to agree with the findings of researchers Lorestan University of Medical Sciences in Iran it.
According to him, T gondii has a great opportunity to trigger Alzheimer’s because these parasites are fond of staying in the brain. “If it is proven in humans, these parasites must be absolutely avoided to minimize risk to the fetus or an adult,” the message.
More recently, Toxoplasma gondii has also been associated by researchers from the University Juarez in Mexico with symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), an extreme version of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). According to researchers, women with PMDD experience a greater chance for infection of the parasite.
This is because toxo triggers the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood or the mood.