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0725, 02 Oct 14

Can’t Smell? You’re Going to Die

Let’s be real here… if you can’t smell bacon anymore, perhaps death is the preferable alternative.

(Reuters) – Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life’s pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years.

In a study of more than 3,000 people aged 57 to 85, 39 percent of subjects who failed a simple smelling test died within five years, according to results published on Wednesday in the science journal PLOS ONE.

That compared with a 19 percent death rate within five years for those with moderate smell loss and 10 percent for those deemed to have a healthy sense of smell.


0725, 02 October 2014


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