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your nose is now the most important thing that can tell you when you will die.
When we are young, everything is more intense. And this is no exaggeration; science proved recently that the more smell you feel, longer life you have! Bizarre, is not it?
The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Chicago, United States. According to them, there is an intense and real connection with the problems related to smell and the sign that death is near!
According to scientists, more than 3000 men and women between 57 and 85 years participated in the survey, which tested the ability to detect smells of various things such as roses, orange, fish and peppermint. Nearly 78 percent of participants showed normal smelling abilities because they perfectly identified at least four of the five smells. 20 % were able to identify two or three smells and the rest couldn’t identify any of the smells or identified one.
Five years after this smell test, the researchers made sure which of the participants were still alive. They detected that 12.5 percent of the original smellers had passed away and 39 percent of those who had depicted important loss of smelling power five years earlier. Most importantly, just 10 percent of those who nailed their smell tests died within the five-year period, according to the study.
“Obviously, people don’t die just because their olfactory system is damaged,” Martha McClintock, co-author of the study and a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago stated. She also said, “decrease in the body’s ability to rebuild key components that are declining with age leading to death by other causes.”
For researchers, the result is that the disability (complete or partial) to recognize odors can be directly linked to any other degeneration related to age. That is why they believe that the loss of smell can be one of the signs that death is coming!
The original study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.