AGING is a completely normal process and it happens to all of us.
However, we can try to hide it with different products or Health care regimens, the number continues to rise.
Now, doctors have discovered that your sense of smell could give you away when it comes to marking your true age.
Loss of smell has been found to be a common symptom in neurodegenerative diseases.
These are debilitating conditions, the risk of which increases with age.
Previous studies have shown that a faulty sense of smell is a sign of aging or disease
A study of more than 2,000 people in 2019 previously found that those with a poor sense of smell had a 46 percent higher risk of dying within a ten-year period than those with a normal sense of smell.
Other tests have been able to predict a person’s age from their sense of smell alone.
It also found that 24.5 percent of people ages 53 to 97 have an impairment when it comes to their sense of smell.
Doctors in the US have now also come up with a new test that could reveal your true age.
Johns Hopkins researchers said a sniff test can help doctors screen older adults for signs of unhealthy aging and fragility.
This means that depending on how strong or weak your sense of smell is, doctors could determine how well you are aging and your overall age.
This could mean that people who don’t take care of themselves may have a worse sense of smell, meaning they have aged at a faster rate.
writing on it Gerontology Journalclinicians looked at olfactory sensitivity and olfactory identification.
These tests helped reveal a person’s ability to detect an odor and their ability to name it and differentiate it from other odors.
“We found that both impaired olfactory identification and sensory functions are associated with fragilitywhich is interesting because it shows that it’s not just your aging brain at work here.
“But it can also be something peripheral, like something at the level of the nose that is capable of predicting our impending frailty and death,” said corresponding author Nicholas Rowan, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at John Hopkins.
He added that our sense of smell it’s something that weakens as we get older.
To reach this conclusion, the experts analyzed data from more than 1,160 adults.
All participants were exposed to five odors to measure identification skills and six odors to measure sensitivity.
These results were then compared to each person’s frailty.
The results found that for each increase in olfactory sensitivity, the frailty state also decreased.
This suggests that the ability to smell good has a connection to better overall health.
Professor Rowan added: “We already run tests to assess how well we can see or hear, and it’s just as easy to run a simple smell test that takes just a few minutes, which could be used as a valuable tool in assessing frailty risk. “. or unhealthy aging.
“For example, if someone fails a sniff test, this patient may need to improve their nutrition or undergo a more detailed medical or neurological examination.”