How Does Aging Affect Our Sense Of Smell?

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According to Live Science, our nostrils can recognize 10,000 distinct fragrances, and surprisingly, not everyone smells the same.

There are just five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami, which detects monosodium glutamate (MSG). But how does aging affect our sense of smell and taste?

According to MedlinePlus, as we become older, all of our senses become less effective. After the age of 70, most persons can anticipate a decline in their sense of smell.

One in eight adults between the ages of 53 and 91, according to Harvard Health, will suffer from a diminished sense of smell.

Age-related scent loss can be caused by a number of circumstances. Medications and nutritional deficits might alter one's sense of smell.

Nasal polyps, allergies, and chronic sinus infections can also impair smell. Age-related receptor cell loss is one reason our noses quit smelling.

We're born with 10 million olfactory receptors, but that number drops by two-thirds with age. Most people lose their smell before their taste.

Since taste and smell are related, diminished scent can cause a loss of taste. When we can't taste things, we may eat less, leading to nutritional deficits.

Not being able to smell also affects taste. When our nose isn't working properly, we can't smell poor food, a fire, or a gas leak.

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