Sense of Smell Related to Longevity

mountainside By mountainside, 25th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A person's sense of smell may be a determining factor when it comes to longevity.

Your Sense of Smell and Longevity

There was a study done at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois which according to the information obtained one-thousand people were tested and followed for four years to monitor their quality of smell. A Dr. Robert Wilson performed the tests at the University Center.

The people tested were in the age range of 53 to 100 and were given a 12 point performance smell test. Smells such as lemon, cinnamon, black-pepper and smoke were among the 12 aromas used testing identification.

For four years there was continous monitoring of those who participated in the testing. The report stated that none of the one-thousand people had any signs of dementia or Parkinson's disease. During the monitoring period of those one-thousand people, three-hundred and twenty-one died.

The overall results of the study including the four-year monitoring period found
found that individuals who participated but answered only six of a total of twelve
aromas tested correctly had a 36% increased risk of death than those who answered eleven of the twelve smells correctly. Factors such as health problems, age and depression were considered in the overall assessment.

Take it all with a grain of salt or black-pepper.

Source: HealthMad.com

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I am an artist, I paint abstract pictures and draw. I like to write, read and watch game shows. I like nice people and love to learn about diffeent cultures. Keeping an open mind is important to me.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Jan 2011 (#)

I would say a very large, gigantic even, grain of salt.

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author avatar mountainside
25th Jan 2011 (#)

...Hi Jer, Remember George Burns who supposedly smoked a cigar a day and lived to be 100. It's all in the genes. Thanks for stopping by.

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author avatar Artur Victoria
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Another very very good informative article!

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author avatar mountainside
30th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi there Artur, you are so kind. Thank you very much.

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author avatar Greenfaol
1st Feb 2011 (#)

I hope that's not true, as Brian's sense of smell isn't good.
Good share, thanks ;o)

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author avatar mountainside
1st Feb 2011 (#)

Hi, As I said take it with a grain of salt. All people are different. This was one study.
Be as healthy as you can be, then depend on your gene pool. "o) Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

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author avatar simplyoj
7th May 2011 (#)

great research, this is interesting to me.

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