THIS Food Can Help Diagnose Early Stages Of Alzheimer's
And now new research suggests that peanut butter can indicate whether patients are experiencing early stages of dementia, based on their sense of smell.
According to a study published in the Journal of the Neurological, placing a tablespoon of peanut butter on a ruler could identity early stages of Alzheimer’s based on studying the subject’s ability to detect its odor at difference distances.
Apparently, the ability to smell is linked to the first cranial nerve and its impediment is one of the first signs of cognitive decline.
Patients who participated in the study, were asked to close their eyes, block one nostril, and breath normally, while a clinician slowly moved the peanut butter up the ruler one centimeter at a time until they could detect the odor.
The process was then repeated using the other nostril.
And the results are pretty amazing!
The study revealed that in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the left nostril was impaired and didn’t pick up on the scent until it was about 10 centimeters closer to the nose than the right nostril.
"At the moment, we can use this test to confirm diagnosis. But we plan to study patients with mild cognitive impairment to see if this test might be used to predict which patients are going to get Alzheimer's disease," a researcher explained.
The test results could potentially be used by hospitals and clinics that have limited or no access to personnel or equipment to run more elaborate tests that gives a specific diagnosis and can lead to targeted treatment.