Conference Proceeding

The association between sense of taste and dementia: cross-sectional British Whitehall II study

Hanny Rosyida Arisna

In 2012, The World Health Organization (WHO) had revealed that dementia as a public health priority. There is no cure for dementia thus prevention becomes really crucial. There are some previous arguments that sense of taste can be used as early detection of neurodegenerative disorder. However, there is only limited number of research which investigates the link between sense of taste and dementia and the result was inconsistent. This study will be aimed to assess the association between sense of taste and dementia. Our study sample will be 5,632 participants aged 65-85 from British Whitehall II study phase 12 which had been collected in 2015-2016. A cross-sectional study is proposed in this study. The sense of taste as the exposure was measured by NHANES questionnaire while dementia was obtained by doctor diagnosis on ICD 10. Other variables will be adjusted such as age, demographic, socioeconomic position (occupation, education level, income), clinical events (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, stroke, Parkinson disease,) mental health and well-being (depression, mental disorder, cognitive decline) health behaviors (diet, smoking, alcohol drinking, physical activity) Data is being analyzed by STATA. Logistic regression, chi-square test, and likelihood test ratio will be presented for statistical analysis. Since there is a limited study about the sense of taste and dementia, our study will contribute significantly to the enhancement of knowledge.

Published: 17 October 2017


Copyright: © 2017 Hanny Rosyida Arisna. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.