A recent study has found a link between eating healthy and a shaper hearing ability in women. Brigham researchers have reported that sticking to a healthy diet can slash the chance of hearing loss by 30%.
The new study is in line with past studies that have found that some foods can affect hearing loss risk.
Study authors focused on the link between hearing loss and three types of diet: the DASH diet, the AHEI-2010 diet, and the Alternate Mediterranean diet (aMED). Around 71,000 women were involved in the study and tracked for 22 years.
The analysis revealed that eating healthy can curb the risk of hearing loss.
Interestingly, we observed that those following an overall healthy diet had a lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss,
lead author Sharon Curhan noted.
Curhan explained that a healthy diet can boost the good health while trimming the hearing loss risk.
Healthy Diets Linked to Better Hearing Ability
In the study, researchers surveyed the women on the DASH and aMED diets on their dietary habits every four years. Those women had a 30% lower risk of developing an impaired hearing ability than women following less healthier diets.
A separate analysis focusing on 33,000 women revealed that the risk might be curbed even more than 30%. This analysis had more details on participants’ hearing ability and its evolution over time.
The greatest health benefits for the hearing ability were observed in the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 or AHEI-2010 diet. The AHEI diet is high in vegetables, fruit, grains, and olive oil. It also includes fish, while it cuts the intake of alcohol.
The DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is very low in salt and includes fresh fruit, vegetables, and low-fat dairy.
The findings appeared in The Journal of Nutrition.
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