Not only does complete loss of smell and taste ("anosmia") affect quality of life , but this condition also creates safety concerns - unable to smell during food prep, unable to detect spoiled food, unable to detect harmful fumes and the list goes on.
I am a lay person and I cannot provide detail on study design. However, I am aware that there are millions of individuals world-wide who suffer from loss of smell (anosmia) and who feel socially isolated and fearful of dangers that the olfactory system helps to warn against. In addition, many people who are anosmic do not enjoy eating and are therefore not necessarily getting a nutritionally balanced diet. This could ...more »