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Cameron Glover
Updated Nov 18, 2016 @ 3:51 pm
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It is scary to think that you might have a disease… but it’s even scarier to realize that you’re not sure exactly what all of the warning signs are. After all, early detection makes many diseases much more treatable. And new scientific research is working to keep you healthy and alert at the first signal of trouble — especially with a disease like Alzheimer’s, for which there are few known warning signs. And this latest discovery of an unexpected symptom could make it easier to catch Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages.

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But how can the decline of one of the five senses be a warning sign to Alzheimer’s? Well, according to the study, a patient’s ability to identify and use their sense of smell can provide crucial insight into their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s — even a decade before any memory loss occurs.

Dr. Mark Albers, lead investigators, says:

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As the sixth-leading cause of death among Americans, Alzheimer’s disease is nothing to take lightly. But knowing more about the disease early on could help with long-term care and treatment options.

So as science continues to develop, these factors can all play a role in helping to detect Alzheimer’s sooner, which could lead to better long-term treatment for patients with the illness. And that’s definitely an improvement.