Eating healthy has dozens of benefits on our health, and researchers have added a new one on the list. It turns out that following a healthy diet could improve hearing in women. The study, performed by scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, revealed such diets could cut the risk of hearing loss.
A healthy diet doesn’t only help the internal organs
A connection between a healthy diet and a healthy organism is quite logical, but some organs seem to benefit more than others. Therefore, thinking that eating healthy can improve hearing sounds a bit odd. Until now, researchers have identified certain substances that could cut the risk of hearing loss.
However, they couldn’t prove the entire diet can influence it. Now, they managed to find a connection between healthy eating habits and a hearing loss risk smaller by 30 percent. For this, they looked at three specific diets that are regarded as healthy.
A healthy diet is associated with a 30 percent lower risk of hearing loss among women
The diets they selected included the alternate Mediterranean one (AMED), a diet that should reduce hypertension (DASH), and alternative healthy eating (AHEI-2010). This study has been longitudinal, so they started monitoring over 70,000 women 22 years ago. From all the participants, some of them were adepts of a healthy diet.
This way, they discovered that those who followed healthy patterns in their eating had a significantly lower risk to lose their hearing. Every four years, they collected some new data on the food intake of these women. While they didn’t precisely follow the dietary guidelines of the three diets, opting for healthy habits that resembled them did the trick and reduce the hearing loss risk.
In a subset of the study, researchers focused mostly on hearing observations. They looked at 33,000 women and observed a bigger reduction than 30 percent in those that followed AHEI-2010 or something similar. Therefore, all women should consider following a healthy diet to protect their ears. The study on the matter was published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Image source: Flickr