Navigating Smell & Taste Disorders
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Navigating Smell & Taste Disorders Description
As many as 14 million Americans over age 55 have trouble smelling and over 200,000 people visit doctors each year for smell and taste problems. Changes in the ability to smell and taste can be caused by a simple cold or upper respiratory infection, but they may also be among the first signs of neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, as well as a result of head trauma. Smell and taste disorders affect a person's ability to enjoy food and drink and may result in decreased appetite, weight loss, and too much added sugar and salt in the diet. In severe cases they may lead to depression. Smell and taste problems can also interfere with personal safety, limiting the ability to notice smoke and potentially harmful chemicals and gases. This book combines the expertise of a neurologist with other related experts, and patients and caregivers to answer questions about how smell and taste disorders are diagnosed and treated. In addition, the book includes 36 patient-tested recipes and additional tips that will help you reconnect with the pleasure of food. By Ronald DeVere, MD, and Marjorie Calver. 208 pages; paperback.