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Eating Fish May Prevent Hearing Loss

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Here’s a new reason to eat fish: It could help prevent hearing loss. Researchers studied records from 65,215 female nurses during 1991–2009. Over that time, about 11,600 women reported hearing loss. Compared with women who ate fish less than once a month, those who reported eating fish at least twice a week had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss, even after researchers accounted for the fact that women who eat fish may also have healthier overall diets and lifestyles. Fish of all types, including canned tuna and shellfish, were linked to lower risk. Researchers hypothesize that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish may improve blood flow within the ear, just as they appear to do in the rest of the body.      
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online Sept. 10, 2014



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