Why has my sense of taste changed?

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The ability to enjoy food’s flavor requires both your sense of taste and your sense of smell, which are triggered by the stimulation of nerve endings in the mouth and nose. As we age, our senses of smell and taste diminish. We lose taste buds, and those that remain shrink; and our tongue and nose become less discerning.

But before accepting older age as the cause of your loss of taste, it’s worth considering other reasons, particularly those related to your sense of smell. Nasal passage blockage tops the list and may be caused by any of the following: allergies, secondhand smoke or other irritants, a persistent sinus infection, and polyps in the nose.

People with high blood pressure also are more likely to lose their senses of taste and smell. It’s not clear whether this is related to high blood pressure itself or to the drugs used to treat it, such as diuretics (water pills) like hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril, Microzide) and ACE inhibitors like captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), and lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril).

If your loss of taste is related to one of your blood pressure pills, it’s no doubt reversible. But don’t stop taking any medication until you speak with your doctor. He or she might suggest switching to a different class of drugs or taking other steps to regain your sense of taste. For example, if your mouth is dry from diuretics — which can affect taste — you might try sipping water between bites. Sometimes, the moisture can help make food more flavorful.

— by Howard LeWine, M.D.

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