A Saliva test can help you spot if you have Alzheimer’s
Scientists and researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada announced this weekend that a test on people’s saliva might help test for Alzheimer’s disease. This announcement was made during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference that took place on Washington, D.C. over the weekend. This study is yet to be further analyzed, but undoubtedly it could mean a huge breakthrough in the way this disease is viewed and approached.
The study analyzed and tested the saliva of three different groups of people. First people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, people with a reported cognitive decline, and people with no signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. What the research team found is that the saliva taken from people with Alzheimer’s shown a noticeable presence of certain substances that were not present on the test results of healthy people. Also, they found that those substances had mild traces on people with mild cognitive decline. In total, six different metabolite compounds were found consistently on the test results of people with Alzheimer’s disease that were not present on people without that diagnosis.
The head of the study was lead by Shraddha Sapkota, a neuroscience graduate student. What could be of great importance about this test is on how potentially easy it would be for doctors and physicians to help test for Alzheimer’s disease. Yet the test is still in preliminary stages and it still needs for further and more detailed testing on a larger scale. Sapkota had already stated that the first results found on this test is enough to provide some optimism regarding the near future of how the condition is regarded; there is still much research to be performed, as more conclusive results still need to be obtained.
Currently, diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease comes after the results of careful medical evaluation. A patient’s medical history is viewed, their mental capacity is also tested, as well as some neurological exams and blood tests are performed to be sure. To summarize, there is a real arduous process in order to help establish if a person is stricken with this condition. However, recently there has been multiple advancements in the medical community that have found certain potential breakthroughs that could very well translate into a more easy and effective way to diagnose this illness.
With these recent turn of events, mankind might be heading towards a future were we will have a clearer grasp on Alzheimer’s disease and its many different mysteries.