Tags: hearing | body mass | exercise | aging

Body Mass Tied to Hearing Loss

By
Friday, 15 May 2015 04:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one-third of people ages 65 to 74, and almost half of those 75 and older, suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

Contributing factors include genetic predisposition, exposure to noise, and the effects of diabetes and kidney disease.

Now a study published in the December 2013 issue of “The Journal of the American Medical Association” has found that an enlarged waist and high body mass index are also linked to greater risk of hearing loss.

Body mass index (BMI), a ratio of a person’s weight to height, is often used to indicate if a person is overweight or obese.

For instance, a BMI between 25 and 30 is consistent with being overweight, and anything over 30 is considered obesity.

Data from a 20-year longitudinal study of more than 68,000 women indicated that those with a BMI in the overweight range had an 8 percent higher risk for hearing loss — and the risk increased further as BMI went up.

Subjects with a BMI above 40 had a 19 percent greater risk for hearing loss.

Such associations may be caused by impaired blood flow to the inner ear, which can be improved through moderate exercise.

Although we can’t reverse aging or remove a genetic predisposition to hearing loss, we do have control over how much we exercise, which is good news to hear.


© 2017 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Dr-Small
Approximately one-third of people ages 65 to 74, and almost half of those 75 and older, suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
hearing, body mass, exercise, aging
229
2015-23-15
Friday, 15 May 2015 04:23 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved