Summer Season + Lyme Disease - Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted June 28, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many people are anxious to enjoy the outdoor activities that come with summer. However, while spending time outdoors in nature can be enjoyable, it also comes with a risk: exposure to Lyme disease. This week, we will discuss what Lyme disease is, what we know about it, how to protect yourself from it, and causes. 

Origin of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The illness was named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where several cases were identified in the 1970s. When this first occurred, it was initially thought to be a new disease. However, it is now believed that Lyme disease has been around for centuries. This is because the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, has been found in the tissue of mummies from as early as 5,300 years ago. However, its effects on humans have only been recognized in the last few hundred years.

Lyme disease is a serious illness that can have a profound impact on a person’s health and quality of life. Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain, fatigue, and neurological problems. Lyme disease is a serious concern for anyone who spends time outdoors in areas where infected ticks are present.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, with an estimated 300,000 cases occurring each year. The number of reported cases has been on the rise in recent years, likely due to both increased awareness and improved diagnostic testing.  

What We Know About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. The primary symptom of Lyme disease is a rash that can occur anywhere on the body. Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain. Lyme disease may be treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, including neurological disorders and joint damage.

Lyme disease is most commonly transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Ticks can attach to any part of the body, but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the scalp, armpits, and groin. Ticks can also be found on clothing. Once a tick has attached to the skin, it will feed on blood for several days before falling off. Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. The tick must be attached for at least 24 hours before the bacteria can be transmitted.

Lyme disease can also be spread by other means, such as through contact with infected animals or exposure to contaminated areas. Infected animals often include deer, mice, and other small mammals. Contaminated areas are commonly found in woods, fields, and other outdoor areas where ticks are commonly found.

More on Thursday!

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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