Did you know that there’s a simple test you can do at home that can tell you if you have Alzheimer’s disease? The test uses peanut butter to detect the neurological problem, and has been invented by Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student from the University of Florida.
The test is cheap and can detect the early stages of the disease. After studying Alzheimer’s disease patients, Stamps realized that they all have difficulties smelling with their left nostril. For example, they could smell peanut butter with their right nostril from a distance of 20 cm., while this distance was reduced to 10 cm. for the left nostril.
One of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is the degradation of the cranial nerves that control our sense of smell. When their capacity is reduced, the disease is already under way. The good news is that doctors can detect this problem with Stamps’ test, and give patients the ability to lead a better life.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of USA, 5.3 million are diagnosed with the disease, with 2/3 of them being women. By 2025, the numbers should rise up to 7.1 million. If you suspect that you may be having symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we suggest visiting a doctor as soon as possible.