A scoop of peanut butter and a ruler can be a cheap way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new research.
That’s what researchers at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste are hoping.
Alzheimer’s disease is difficult to diagnose before symptoms start showing up, because there is no single test that can definitively determine whether a person has the degenerative brain disease.
The researchers found that patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease had more difficulty smelling peanut butter held at short distances from their nose than people without the disease, CBS News reported.
Graduate student Jennifer Stamps, who led the research, said that at the moment, we can use this test to confirm diagnosis.
However, they 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.
The study is published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences.