Men over 45 Stink to High Heaven Proclaims Scientific Research

Every home has its own distinct smell, some quite pleasant, others not so nice. And according to new research, people have their own distinctive odours too, but it’s not referring to the fragrances we use that give off sweet smelling attar. No, people whiff without the help of scents – and it’s not always agreeable to others either! But there is one group that smell worse than all the rest, and that group is men of middle age – allegedly!

What about Seniors?

SeniorIt’s pretty common knowledge that elderly people smell. Now before our older readers write in and complain about that comment, let us quickly point out that this is not an unpleasant odour. It’s just an acknowledgement of the fact that the more mature members of society have a very definite redolence. Middle-aged blokes on the other hand, stink, as revealed by new research.

What the Research Revealed

Researcher Johan Lundstrom, PhD, (a sensory neuroscientist from Monell Chemical Senses Center, a study institute in Philadelphia), has confirmed that it was men of middle age who were, without any question of doubt, the most foul-smelling of all the participants.

The research involved 3 groups divided into 3 age ranges, those being 20 to 30, 45 to 55, and 75 to 95. Each of these factions comprised of 12 to 16 men and women.

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How the Results were Determined

Collecting the smells from each of the volunteers was quite a primitive affair. They were all asked to sleep in unscented t-shirts complete with underarm pads for a total of 5 nights. When the time was up, Doctor Lundstrom took the pads back and cut each of them into 4 pieces before placing them into glass jars.

Bring in the Sniffers! Not a job for the faint hearted!

SniffingThe human smell testers comprised of 41 young evaluators that were between the ages of 20 to 30.

They had the revolting task of deeply sniffing the contents of each jar, while attempting to identify which container belonged to which age group. They were also asked to observe intensity and foulness.

The jars containing pads from the seniors had a distinct and therefore easy to recognize order. Most of the evaluators were able to identify this group relatively easy, while commenting that it was not an unpleasant odour.

Picking out the younger group was not as easy though, and they were perhaps the most neutral of the 3 groups. But experts in smell know that body odour changes with age, so let’s now look at how the middle age group did?

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The 45 to 55’s stank to High Heaven!

Our volunteer sniffers found the smell of middle-aged males to be particularly unpleasant, though it’s not difficult to decipher such polite wording into its true interpretation!

Middle-aged women, however, had the most pleasant odour of all the 3 age groups. So here are the results in order of most fowl to most fragrant.

  • Middle-aged men (the true stinkers by far), followed by;
  • Young men
  • Old women
  • Young women
  • Old men
  • Middle-aged women (the most pleasant smelling)

Can we control how we smell?

As we age, so our body odour changes despite ourselves, but there are other ‘controllable’ factors that determine what smells a person emits. These are primarily:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Diet
  • Illness (sometimes avoidable by lifestyle choices)

You can read a more findings on this report at the WebMD site here

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