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Did You Know? Healthy Eating Can Prevent Hearing Loss

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There are many different reasons why one chooses to maintain a healthy diet. Now, you can add good hearing to the list. There have been two different long-term clinical studies which both show how a healthy diet indirectly prevents hearing loss. Since a healthy diet helps improve circulation, reduces inflammation, and can prevent heart disease and diabetes, it also helps prevent hearing loss since those health problems can cause it.

Clinical Studies Present Reasons for Healthy Eating

The clinical studies performed show that healthy eating should start in your youth; but, it is never too late to develop this good habit. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that young adults who had poor nutrition were twice as likely to have hearing loss than other children. The study included 4,765 children who were younger than 5 years old at the baseline visit in 1989. These children were followed in subsequent years and at the conclusion of the study, for participants who did not have healthy eating habits, evidence was found of up to a 2.2-fold increased risk of early-adult hearing loss as a result of early childhood stunting or low BMI, as well as an increased risk of fluid in the ear.

A second study involving women and their dietary patterns was published in the Journal of Nutrition earlier this year. It showed that women whose nutritional intake more closely resembled one of three healthy diets had a 30% lower risk of developing hearing loss. The three diets examined were:

  1. The Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED) featuring extra virgin olive oil, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and a moderate intake of alcohol.
  2. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) which emphasizes fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, while restricting salt.
  3. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index – 2010 (AHEI-2010), which measures diet quality to assess how well a set of foods align with key recommendations.

It is important to note that the hearing loss is not directly correlated to eating patterns, but that the health problems associated with poor diet are more likely to be the cause of the hearing loss than the diets themselves. This is just one more reason to load up on fresh foods and make good food choices as often as possible.

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