Skin problems and Alzheimer’s

People who have skin acne are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the risk of developing dementia is higher in these people than others

Acne rosacea, which is inflammation and redness of the skin, is linked to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to new medical research.

Research by Danish researchers shows that the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is slightly higher in people with skin acne rosacea compared to the general population. Although these researchers are quick to stress that acne sufferers shouldn’t be too concerned about these findings.

Dr. Alexander Egberg, head of the research team, says: “Patients with rosacea skin acne should remember that this type of acne is not a guarantee of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Acne rosacea appears with symptoms similar to acne and redness and inflammation of the facial skin. Although this disease is curable, there is still no specific treatment for it because its exact cause is not known.

In this study, the research team analyzed the data obtained from the Danish National Health Registration System from 1997 to 2012. The entire population of this country, which was about 5.6 million people, was present in this research. About 82 thousand people were suffering from acne rosacea.

Researchers found that people with this type of acne were 7% more likely to develop any type of dementia, and 25% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared to people without this disease.

Also, the data showed that women are more affected by this disease than men. Women with this type of acne were 28% more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while men were 16% more at risk.

Also, the findings showed that age also plays a role in this field. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease in patients with acne rosacea was significantly higher (20%) in people 60 years old and older.

Eggberg says about the relationship between these two diseases: “Some proteins and inflammatory processes increase in the skin of people with acne rosacea. These proteins are related to the process of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s. Despite this possible argument, we cannot state the exact cause of this problem.”

May 11, 2015 14:14

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