A grandparent at home assures one of increased television volume and screaming interactive sessions. Many-a-time, we go wild over the boisterous volume coming via soaps or devotional songs. All these are signs of aging. Ageing doesn’t stop with wrinkled skin or restricted movement. It affects hearing, vision, bone strength, digestion ability, immune system efficiency and much more. Speak to the elderly person with care and concern and avoid getting frustrated over his/hear hearing problem. Your turn to suffer from the brunt of ageing might not be far away.
Almost 50% individuals aged over 75 years are affected by hearing loss. This makes it difficult for the adult to communicate, share his/her thoughts and feelings and overall, affects the quality of relationship with family and friends. As a relief to this comes the result of a new study that emphasizes on the fact that women following a healthy eating pattern are at a decreased risk of hearing loss (and overall health too!) than women who don’t eat the right kind of diet.
The study was a long-term one that happened between 1991 and 2013 conducted on professional nurses. The nurses were questioned on their eating habits every four years for which about 71,000 of them responded. These women were also asked whether they had developed any hearing problem in this study interval for which more than 2,000 of them gave an affirmative reply-they had developed either moderate or worse hearing loss.
It was found that those participants who followed a diet close to the DASH or the Mediterranean diet were at a 30% lower risk of moderate or worse hearing loss compared to those who followed a different diet. A Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, fish and seafood, allows cheese and yogurt in moderation and restricts intake of sweets and red meats. The DASH diet allows the individual to consume abundant fruits and vegetables, moderate levels of dairy, meat, poultry and fish and minimal quantities of fats, oils and sweets.
Hence, eat well and stay healthy as it uplifts overall well-being apart from reducing the risk of hearing loss. Visit a reputed dietitian/nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com to get assistance on planning the right kind of diet that suits your age, body conditions and requirements. The only concern here is that the study was on a large-scale one done on women population which makes it essential for another one to understand whether similar effects can be seen on men too.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.