I’m talking about embarrassing “senior moments,” when you can’t remember where you parked your car… or when you pick up the phone but forget who you wanted to call.
Have enough of those brain hiccups and you’ll start to wonder whether it’s just a normal part of aging — or whether you’re beginning that long slide into dementia or even Alzheimer’s.
Well, if you’re serious about preventing Alzheimer’s — or at least catching it early — some researchers out of Minnesota have a new test you won’t believe.
And all you have to do is put your nose to work.
A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that testing your sense of smell may be a reliable early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease.
“5 second test” could reveal your Alzheimer’s risk
For their research, scientists tracked 1,400 seniors with an average age of 79 years old. At the beginning of the study, the participants were tested to see how well they could detect certain scents like cinnamon, chocolate, paint thinner and even gasoline.
The seniors who had the worse senses of smell were a whopping 2.2 times as likely to develop memory problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Scientists think a simple smell test could be a warning sign that you’re beginning to develop neurological problems.
Now what if you’re one of those people with sinus or respiratory problems and have had a terrible sense of smell your whole life? Should you worry?
Hardly. The folks who should really be concerned are those who have noticed a real loss of smell over the years — those who can no longer sniff out the smell of bacon in the morning or cookies coming out of the oven.
And remember, even if you’re starting to develop memory problems or are at a higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s, there’s plenty you can do.
Antioxidants like glutathione help your body remove toxins from your brain, and supplements like ginkgo can keep your memory sharp.
You can pick them both up pretty inexpensively at most health stores.
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