As you get older your olfactory powers decline – but if you completely lose all sense of small you may have just five years left, according to a new study published in the Public Library of Science.
Olfactory Dysfunction Predicts 5-Year Mortality in Older Adults studied US citizens aged between 57 and 85.
It concludes that 50% of those who lose their sense of smell will be dead in five years.
The other 50% can take some comfort that they won’t smell their partners’ slow decay.
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