Blushing may be an innocuous reaction to getting caught by that cute girl you were checking out, but it may actually be an indicator of something far worse. Scientist in Denmark have found a correlation between blushing faces and Parkinson Disease.
In the study, people with rosacea (a skin condition that is characterized by redness of the face) were seventy-one percent more likely to develop Parkinson than those who don’t have rosacea. Researchers aren’t clear what the link is between the skin condition and mental illness. Though an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) may be the culprit, says research author Alexander Egeberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Alexander says:
Skin with rosacea shows increased activation of that enzyme, which plays a role in inflammation.
The enzyme also contributes to the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells, which can lead to Parkinson’s.
An interesting finding in their research is that people how have begun taking tetracycline – an anti-inflammatory antibiotic used to treat rosacea – were less likely to develop Parkinson.
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Dr. Alxeander says this is because tetracycline works against MMP, diminishing the signs of rosacea and shielding the brain. Right now more research needs to be done to understand the cause and effect. But the good doctor says it’s best to be safe if you have rosacea, get the condition treated because you’ll be doing a service to your brain for the years to come.
So if you have signs of rosacea, like blotches of red in the middle of your face, swollen blood vessels on cheeks and nose, or hot bumps on your skin, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.