A long-term study that was recently published showed that women who maintained certain dietary patterns were 30% less likely to develop moderate to severe hearing loss. As we age, hearing loss becomes more common. The National Institutes of Health details some statistics for hearing loss: one in three Americans aged 65 to 74 has hearing loss as do one in two people over age 75. The right diet can help reverse some of the factors or health patterns like high blood pressure and inflammation that often also affect hearing. That idea is what prompted the study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Hearing Loss Study Details
For this study, a research team from brigham and Women’s Hospital led by Drs. Gary C. Curhan and Sharon G. Curhan reviewed questionnaires filled out by 71,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study II over a period of 22 years. The results were -published in the Journal of Nutrition this past May. Over 2,300 of the women in the study reported to develop moderate or worse hearing loss. Study participants who had dietary patterns resembling any one of three types of diets showed a 30% lower risk of hearing loss than those women whose diets least resembled the diet patterns. The three types of diets in question are the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (AMED), the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index – 2010 (AHEI-2010). The AMED diet features extra virgin olive oil, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and moderate intake of alcohol. The DASH diet emphasizes fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, while restricting salt. The Healthy Eating Index is a measure of diet quality used to assess how well a set of foods aligns with key recommendations.
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