Take this simple test to find out if you have early-stage Alzheimer's...One in 50 people get Alzheimer's by the time they're 65. By the time you're 80, your odds climb to one in five people. And that's why doctors and researchers are so excited about this home test that can help detect Alzheimer's…
Researchers at the University of Florida discovered a low-tech way of diagnosing Alzheimer's.
All it involves is sniffing peanut butter!
Here's how the peanut butter test works
As part of their study, the researchers asked the patients to sniff a dollop of peanut butter separately through each of their nostrils. They then used a ruler to measure the point at which people detected the smell.
People in the early-stages of Alzheimer's could smell the peanut butter with their right nostril just fine. They picked up the smell 10cm earlier with their right nostril than they did with their left one.
As strange as this may sound to you, it's very significant. You see, scientists discovered this left-right difference is specific to Alzheimer's. It doesn't apply to any other form of dementia.
But why does this bizarre at home Alzheimer's test work?
The capacity to smell is linked with the first cranial nerve. It's typically one of the first functions to be impacted in cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's.
This is an exciting development. Forgetfulness is extremely difficult to measure or track until it's in its advanced stages. For most
Alzheimer sufferers, it's a slow, downward spiral that many people just chalk up to ageing.
But now, you can take this simple peanut butter home test if you're worried you might be at risk for Alzheimer's. It could help you detect
Alzheimer's early so you can work help slow down its progression and potentially even reverse some of the damage.