October 3, 2014

Evidently the Nose Knows

1 Loss of Smell Linked to Early Death

If your sense of smell has markedly decreased, it could mean something as benign as hay fever--or it might be a sign that you're not long for this world. That alarming fact was discovered by University of Chicago researchers who tested over 3,000 Americans' smelling acuity and found that those with anosmia, or the loss of smell, were almost two and a half times more likely to die in 5 years than those whose smelling sense was still sharp. Indeed, the loss of smelling ability proved to be more predictive of near-term death than heart or lung disease or cancer. Innocuous causes of anosmia abound, from head colds and allergies to some medications, but the study authors nevertheless call it “the canary in the coal mine of human health,” and urge the smell-challenged to consult a doctor.

More at Care2.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Human Nose Can Sniff 1 Trillion Plus Scents

Tags: Physical Health Warnings, Anosmia, Sense of Smell and Longevity, Signs of Premature Death, Health and Smelling Ability

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