Lower Your Risk of Hearing Loss… With Fish?

 

“What?” “I can’t hear you?” “Can you speak up?”

These are some common things that one might say on a regular basis if they had bad hearing. But did you ever think that what you ate might be affecting your hearing somehow? I surely didn’t. Hearing loss as we all know does get worse as you age regardless if it’s a significant amount or a small amount. What not one really thought about was if there was anyway that we can lower the risk of hearing loss as we get older. Luckily, there was a study that did just that.

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there was an article on a study done that tried to find the correlation between eating fish and fatty acids had on hearing loss. The study was done by collecting data from the Nurse’s health study II, where there were about  65,215 women who self-reported any sort of hearing loss and the amount of fish they ate on a weekly basis from 1991-2009. After some updated questionnaires there were about 11,606 cases of hearing loss in women. Once  they analyzed the data further, they discovered that women who ate 2 or more servings of fish a week had a lower risk of hearing loss. Not only was this proven, but also certain types of fish had a greater advantage in reducing hearing loss and this was fish with a high amount of long chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Overall, having a regular amount of fish and omega-3 fatty acids can have one more health benefit that all women could use. There are still more studies to be done to have more specific information on types of fish and what other types of omega-3 fatty acids could be used to prevent hearing loss, but this one surely is enough to get women to increase their fish intake if they don’t eat it regularly already or even have supplemental omega-3 fatty acids. This way we can have clear hearing for a lot longer than we might have anticipated.

 

Here is the link to the article for more information.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/100/5/1371.abstract

 

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