Poor Sense of Smell May Lead to Depression

People can temporarily and partially lose their sense of smell (hyposmia) or completely lose it (anosmia) due to a cold, Corvid 19 or flu, or sinusitis infection, an allergy like hay fever or nasal polyps. They can also start smelling things that aren’t there (phantosmia) like smoke or burnt toast.

But as they get older, many people permanently lose their ability to smell, and this reduces their pleasure from food and enjoyable surroundings.

In a study that followed more than 2,000 older adults living in geriatric facilities, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore say they have significant new evidence of a link between decreased sense of smell and risk of developing late-life depression.

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