Eating better can help you hear better, too

By January 18, 2019 News

You heard that right.

Not only will you feel better eating all of your fruits and veggies, you’re setting yourself up for better hearing, too.

That’s according to a 2018 study in the Journal of Nutrition that found women who maintain a healthy diet can lower their risk of hearing loss by 30 percent.

For 22 years, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed nearly 71,000 women on three different diets.

What they found is that the women who ate the Alternate Mediterranean diet (AMED) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) were at a lower risk for hearing loss.

The AMED diet contains foods like extra virgin olive oil, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and moderate intake of alcohol, while the DASH is high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, and low in sodium.

“Interestingly, we observed that those following an overall healthy diet had a lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss,” said Sharon Curhan, MD, an epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH, and first author of the study.

“Eating well contributes to overall good health, and it may also be helpful in reducing the risk of hearing loss.”

While researchers say more studies are needed, eating healthy has a wide range of other benefits.

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