Women whose diets are consistent with more healthful diets have a lower risk of developing moderate or worse hearing loss, according to an American study.
Eating well reduces risk of hearing loss
The study examined the relationship between hearing loss and three different diets. The Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED) consists of mainly fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, olive oil, fish and seafood. This diet allows sweets and red meat occasionally and cheeses and yogurts in moderation. The diet Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) consists of fruits and vegetables, allows dairy, meat, poultry and fish in moderation and is low in fats, oils and sweets. The final diet is the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI-2010) which has similar components to the two other diets.
The study found that women who closely followed the AMED and DASH diets had a 30% lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss compared to women who did not follow the diets. The study did not find a quite so clear relation between the diet AHEI-2010 and the risk of hearing loss but some results in the study indicate that this diet may also reduce the risk of hearing loss.
“Eating well contributes to overall good health and it may also be helpful in reducing the risk of hearing loss,” said Dr. Sharon Curhan, head author of the study and an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in the US.
About the study
The study examined 81,818 women aged 25-42 years old at the start of the study in 1989. The study followed the participants for 22 years. The participants completed questionnaires about their adherence to their diet and assessment of their hearing ability.
Source: “Adherence to Healthful Dietary Patterns Is Associated with Lower Risk of Hearing Loss in Women” published in The Journal of Nutrition and www.usnews.com