Early signs of alzheimer's can be seen in your eyes and nose
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:16pm
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — New research shows early alzheimer's signs can be detected earlier by a few simple tests. It's proven: there's no cure for the disease, but research shows early signs of it can show up in your eyes and nose.
Neurologist George Kariampuzha with the Neuroscience Institute at Trinity Mother Frances says the new eye and smell test to catch early signs of alzheimer's could be helpful.
"The eye test specifically looks at a deposition of a protein amylmoid," Dr. Kariampuzha. He adds, "With the smell test will give you a different scents like apple cider or gasoline and if your smell is compromised that will give you likely an indication, there are blood tests that are available there an apolatic protein blood test that can be used and again there is also a gene tests that can be used to help diagnose alzheimer disease, there have been gene models that have been identified so I think that would be very helpful."
Research shows, a build-up of beta-amyloid plaque is found in brains of patients with alzheimers.
"There's a lot of natural things that have been available for a long time and that we are just now getting into in the medical division and i'm looking forward to that because that's an advancement that we've long needed," said Betty Pennington.
It's reported this form of dementia affects more than five million Americans.
"Alzheimer disease as you know is where someone gets dementia and gradually with all their faculties, usually starts with short of memory loss and trouble remembering name of people and location of items."
Dr. Kariampuzha says it gets worse with progression. We asked what form if testing he uses. "The radiological testing such as MRI and a PET scan."
He says early detection is key because by catching the disease early, it can be managed and treated. "Hopefully be available for doctors to use in helping us diagnose the condition."
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