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Old people smell better than younger ones

For years, people have said old people smell like moth balls, dust, dentures, old soap, and even tuna. But a new study finds they actually smell better than the rest of us.

The study done by the Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia studied people age 20 to 95 who went to bed wearing t-shirts with nursing pads sewn in the armpits. After five days, scientists cut the pads out and had people smell them and rate them on pleasantness and intensity.

They did not find younger folks smelled fresher, as you might expect. Instead, the underarm smell of 75 to 95-year-olds was less intense and, therefore, more pleasant than those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

No big surprise that men of all ages smelled worse than their female counterparts. The smelliest group was men 45 to 55.

When asked to group the scents by age, volunteers were twice as likely to group the smell of the elderly together compared with other age groups– proof that ‘old people smell’ does exist. Researcher Johan Lundstrom says it is due to changing hormone levels as we age. He said the older we get, we all start to smell more like women.

So the next time you see your grandma, make sure you give her a big, sloppy kiss. Just try not to get too carried away by the smell.

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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