UF Researchers Find That Peanut Butter Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

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UF Researchers Find That Peanut Butter Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

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[Chris Bilowich (Coordinator, Broadcast News):] Source: LYBIO.net
Some people like creamy while others prefer crunchy. Whatever you like, a new study shows peanut butter maybe useful for more than just making a tasty sandwich or a snack.

We’ll go ahead and start I’m going to test your ability to detect an odor.

Researchers at the University of Florida say peanut butter may help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Just tell me as soon as you’re able to detect an odor.

I smell it.

Study participants with mild cognitive impairment Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia were asked to close your eyes and with one nostril at a time to detect an odor. Researchers then use a small container of peanut butter to measure the distance from each nostril that a person could detect an odor.

All right.

The study shows people with Alzheimer’s disease have a harder time detecting odors from their left nostril when compared to their right nostril.

[Jennifer Stamps (UF Researcher):]
All of the Alzheimer’s patients had a left – left nostril impairment. And their right nostril was normal at odor detection which is about twenty centimeters for an older person. And so their right nostril was right at twenty centimeters on average but their left nostril was about ten centimeters on average, where they were able to detect the odors. There is a big asymmetry there.

People with Alzheimer’s disease can lose their ability to smell before memory problems start to happen. Detecting Alzheimer’s early can help doctors prescribe drugs that may slow down the effects of the disease.

[Jennifer Stamps (UF Researcher):]
And if we can catch it, at that earlier stage we can start treatment more aggressively at that earlier stage. And you prevent a lot of the progression.

Researchers say this peanut butter test is a much faster and cheaper way to help doctors confirm the diagnosis of the brain-deteriorating disease than current methods. At the University of Florida, I’m Chris Bilowich.

UF Researchers Find That Peanut Butter Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

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