Alzheimer's Disease is a cruel and terrifying ailment, so any breakthroughs on diagnosing and treating the disease are always welcome.
Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student at the University of Florida, has developed a simple and ingenious way to help detect Alzheimer's early.
It involves peanut butter.
All you have to do is grab some peanut butter and a ruler.
This simple procedure tests for smell sensitivity. Smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and, thus, one of the first things to go with cognitive decline.
Just use the ruler to note at what distance you are able to smell the delicious peanut butter.
One of the lead researchers behind the study, Rosebud Roberts, is optimistic that the test will prove helpful to everyday people, plus provide a cheap testing method to physicians.
Roberts spoke to Alzheimers.net:
“The findings suggest that doing a smell test may help identify elderly, mentally normal people who are likely to progress to develop memory problems or, if they have these problems, to progress to Alzheimer’s or dementia.”
However, James Hendrix of the Alzheimer’s Association urges caution, stating that it is too early to use a smell test as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s or dementia.