Healthy diet, healthy hearing

| Post published on August 29, 2018
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A healthy, plant-based diet may have unexpected benefits – a lower risk of hearing loss!

An original study set out to investigate whether there is a link between healthy diets and the risk of hearing loss. The scientific team gathered data on diet and hearing loss from over 80,000 women between 1991 and 2013. When this impressive amount of research was analysed, the results revealed that the healthier the diet, the lower the risk of hearing loss.

The dietary patterns the researchers considered as healthy were predominantly plant-based with plenty of fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Women who had the healthiest diets had around 30 per cent lower risk of suffering hearing loss with age.

Curhan SG et al., 2018. Adherence to Healthful Dietary Patterns Is Associated with Lower Risk of Hearing Loss in Women. Journal of Nutrition. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy058. [Epub ahead of print]

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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