Healthy Eating = Healthy Hearing

Interesting new report suggests a healthy diet ‘may’ lower the risk of hearing loss in women. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the relationship between  between different diets and the risk of developing hearing loss. They found that eating a healthy diet is associated with a lower risk of acquired hearing loss in women.


For women who love to eat vegetables and fruits, not only will it make a person feel better physically, but it can also have helpful benefits in the future.

A new study suggests that eating healthy can improve hearing in women. The researchers gathered information from Nurses’ Health Study II, which tracked the health and diets of 70,966 over a span of 22 years. The participants’ health scores were determined by which diet they chose to follow: the alternate Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010.

The results showed that women who stuck close to a healthy diet were less likely to have hearing problems in the future.

U.S. News & World Report dove deeper into the three distinct diets researchers used in the study.

  • A Mediterranean diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, fish and seafood. It saves sweets and red meat for special occasions and allows cheeses and yogurts in moderation.
  • The DASH diet is high in fruits and vegetables, moderate in dairy, meat, poultry and fish and low in fats, oils and sweets.
  • The AHEI-2010 diet has similar components to both the AMED and DASH diets quoted Sharon Curhan, MD, an epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH, who said:

“Interestingly, we observed that those following an overall healthy diet had a lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss. Eating well contributes to overall good health, and it may also be helpful in reducing the risk of hearing loss.”

The Economic Times added that “women whose diets most closely resembled the AMED or DASH dietary patterns had an approximately 30 percent lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss, compared with women whose diets resembled these dietary patterns the least.

Let us know your thoughts on this new report. If a certain type of diet really can help the body protect its hearing….is it something you would be willing to try? Let us know why or why not. Sharing interesting stories and listening to what our partners think about them is a big part of our long-term goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!


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