Over the last 26 years researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School in Boston, have been studying women’s diets and how it relates to hearing loss. Lead author of the study, Dr. Sharon Curhan of the Channing Division of Network Medicine, said, “Although hearing loss is thought to be an unavoidable companion to aging, findings from our research have highlighted a number of dietary factors that can be modified and may reduce the risk of hearing loss.”
The study showed that women who had better dieting habits were 47 percent less likely to experience moderate to severe hearing loss later in life. The basics for the best diet consisted of high portions of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and beans while lowering portions of sugar, salt, and processed meats. The diets were rated based upon three known healthy diets listed below.
- Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED)
- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
- Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI)
AMED and DASH having the highest results of aiding in hearing loss preventing at 47 and 46 percent. Researchers note that the main relation between healthy diet and hearing loss prevention is increased cardiovascular health. Healthy diets lead to an increase in blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Dr. Christopher Spancovich, an auditory specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson not related to the study said, “Having good, strong vascular health will keep blood flow to the inner ear and reduce oxidative stress.” Dr. Spancovich suggests diets that are rich in micronutrients such as antioxidants like Vitamins C and E help defend the ear against harmful free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that lack certain numbers of electrons causing cellular and tissue damage. Antioxidants help stabilize these reactions by providing those much needed electrons. This prevents cellular and tissue damage in areas of the body like the inner ear.
Healthy dieting practices are a smart decision for all of us. Healthy dieting helps in prevention of major diseases and conditions that come from poor eating habits like heart disease and diabetes. As we all age each of us have heightened risks of developing any number of conditions and with a healthy diet we can help prevent many of them, even hearing loss.
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