Doctors and health experts always recommend intake of fish on regular basis citing its high benefits. A new study has found that eating fish on regular basis not only protect against cognitive decline and cardiovascular diseases but has a tremendous effect on lowering the hearing loss risk in women.
The study was conducted by the researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was led by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine.
The researchers found that intake of two or more servings of fish per week have close association with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.
“Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition. A declining hearing ability is often considered as an inevitable aspect of aging, but the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss,” Curhan said while shedding light on the study.
There were several previous research works suggesting higher intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) may give protection against acquired hearing loss. But the current study is the first to find out a direct association between the two.
The data for the study were collected from Nurses’ Health Study II. For the study, the researchers involved around 65,215 women who were followed from 1991 to 2009.
During the study period, the researchers found that 11,606 women developed hearing loss. As per the researchers, those women who took two or more servings of fish a week lowered their risk of developing hearing loss problem by 20 percent in comparison to those who rarely ate fish.
“Consumption of any fish type, including dark fish, light fish, tuna, or shellfish, resulted in lower hearing loss risk. These findings suggest that diet may be important in the prevention of acquired hearing loss,” the lead author said in a news release.
The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).