Parasite Infections May Help Prevent Aging and Disease

A new study from the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London in the United Kingdom suggests that parasites may have anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent aging and disease.Parasite Infections May Help Prevent Aging and Disease

The scientists conducted a review of the existing literature to explore the use of parasite worms as a therapy to reverse conditions linked to inflammaging. They focused on a specific group of parasitic worms called helminths, which include roundworms, tapeworms, and flukes.

Dr. David Gems, one of the authors of the study, says: “In the wake of successes during the last century in eliminating the evils of helminth infections, the time now seems propitious to explore further their possible benefits, particularly for our aging population — strange though this may sound.”

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