Eating Fish May Help Avoid Hearing Loss

We already know that eating fish regularly can help reduce the risk of heart disease, but now research shows that it’s associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at statistics from the Nurses’ Health Study II. In the study, 65,215 women were followed from 1991 to 2009, and 11,606 cases of hearing loss were reported.

The researchers said that women who consumed two or more servings of fish each week had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss. This held true for women who ate different kinds of fish as well as those rich in omega-3, such as tuna and salmon.

The study, led by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).

“Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition,” Curhan said. “Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss. Consumption of any type of fish (tuna, dark fish, light fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk.”

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