Out of all our senses, the sense of smell probably gets the least attention. But the latest research is about to change that perception! Researchers at University of Chicago recently carried out a study that establishes a strong link between olfactory senses and longevity.
Here, the scientists used 5 odors (fish, leather, orange, rose and peppermint) to conduct a smell test on 3000 individuals aged between 57-85. Participants were given scores based on how accurately they could identify the smells.
The findings of the research suggest that those with higher scores are more likely to live for the next five years compared to those with lower scores. While the reasons for this are still unclear, the study definitely points towards the possibility that our sense of smell is one of the important markers of our overall health and wellbeing, and that depleting olfactory senses may be an early sign of cellular degeneration.
This study was conducted on an older group of people, but it would be very interesting to see how these findings apply to a younger sample. Maybe it is time we start listening to what our noses have to say!
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Sense of smell ‘may predict lifespan’
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