Parkinson’s disease, as people popularly know and understand it- is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and a chronic, degenerative disorder affecting the brain’s motor system. The shortage of chemical dopamine (responsible for sending messages to various organs via the brain cells) affects the movement control to deteriorate adversely, denying ease of movement and stimulation in individuals.
Apart from being one of the most common disorders (every 1 in 100 individual post the age of 60 is diagnosed with the same), the fact that it has no cure in the international healthcare system makes it more scary for those who do not usually know, considering there are no particular symptoms for the same.
Though, various researchers have yielded a possibility for early detection and diagnosis of the parkinson’s disorder (PD), through a simple parkinson’s smell test. The simple test, particularly carried out for the purpose of identifying an underappreciated sense, or rather impairment of it, such as ‘loss of smell’, can be a giveaway for healthcare providers and doctors to detect parkinson’s and start an early treatment for the same.
A link between parkinson’s & loss of smell, in individuals is greater in men as confirmed through a study published online, in Neurology, and it can be confirmed that people who do poorly on the smell test, in their mid-30s and 40s are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those with a good or medium sense of smell.
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