Men's Health Minute
Men's Health Minute : 5 Senses
Nov. 10, 2014
We take our five senses for granted until one of them is jeopardized.
As you get older, it’s important to your good health to monitor your sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Start with an annual eye exam, checking for cataracts and glaucoma, which can occur with age and can impair your vision. At any age, monitor your hearing. About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems. About half of people 85 and older have hearing loss. Any hearing loss is a serious concern, and if untreated, can worsen. Sense of taste and smell can change as you age, beginning around 50 for men. The number of taste buds diminish as do the number of sensors in your nose that can smell aromas. This can affect nutrition if you reach for more salt and sugar or don’t enjoy your food. And they can undermine safety, for instance if you can’t smell natural gas. Any tingling, itching or burning of the skin can also be signs of illness. Talk to your doctor about any changes in your five senses.
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