How this Smell Test can tell about oncoming Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s Signs

Can you ever imagine that an unlikely clue could solve the mystery of two devastating diseases? Yes, this is true, according to research; an impaired smell is one of the earliest signs of both disorders.

Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory. It is not considered as a normal part of aging process.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, however, there are so many Alzheimer disease medications that are available that can be used temporarily to reduce Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease treatments are available to help relieve some symptoms.

How this Smell Test can tell about oncoming Parkinson's & Alzheimer's Signs

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Sight and hearing receive all the appreciation, but the sense of smell often overlooked and ignored. Researchers found that impaired smell is the most common symptoms of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

According to the latest offering, neurotransmitter dysfunction is a cause of smell loss in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In this study, a majority of Parkinson’s patients experience some level of olfactory dysfunction. Because smell problems progress in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, almost all those people who diagnosed with moderate to severe forms of health condition have odor problems. Studies have shown that impaired smell issue develops more often than memory problems in such patients.

If we talk about patients with Parkinson’s syndrome, loss of smell develops more frequently that most common type of tremor in such patients. It can precede the classic motor signs of the syndrome by several years, and the olfactory test has shown to perform a good job than motor function tests when it comes to distinguishing healthy individuals and those with Parkinson’s syndrome. According to G. Webster Ross (a researcher), if an individual score high on a smell test, then it is ensured that that individual is not going to have Parkinson’s disease at least for the next four years.

Experts also say that a problem with smell are common in the healthy population and does not always indicate a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s syndrome.

According to Richard Douty of the University of Pennsylvania, the main cause of smell loss is the common head cold. Neurologists suggest that a smell test help confirms a diagnosis.

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Many types of research are still going on to identify the relationship between smell and neurodegenerative disorders. The consistent studies in the US and Europe confirmed the importance of unlikely clue in the fight against the two disorders.

Follow the instruction of your health care specialist for a better Alzheimer’s disease care.

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Amelia Smith

Nutritionist, herbalist, health and medicine writer and yoga enthusiast, Amelia Smith, is a professional in the health, nutrition and diet industry.

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