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Lose weight, stay active, protect your hearing

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 30, 2017 10:41:00 AM

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By maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, you may be protecting your hearing. It turns out that being obese, especially if you carry those extra pounds around your waist, may be a risk factor for hearing loss.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston analyzed data from a study of 68,421 women who were followed from 1989 to 2009. They determined that a body mass index (BMI)* of 30 or above and a waist circumference of 31 inches or more were each associated with a higher risk of hearing loss in women. Conversely, women who maintained a higher level of physical activity were at a lower risk for hearing loss.

“These findings provide evidence that potentially modifiable risk factors, such as maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, may help in the prevention of hearing loss or delay its progression,” says Sharon Curhan, MD, ScM, a researcher in BWH’s Channing Division of Network Medicine.

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Topics: hearing loss, Comorbidities, comorbidity series, obesity, women and hearing loss

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