Researchers from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit recently explored the relationship between blood sugar control and hearing loss.
Although past studies linked hearing loss and diabetes, little was known about the role that blood sugar control played. In order to investigate this association, the team of scientists reviewed the patient records of 990 individuals who had hearing tests at their hospital between 2000 and 2008.
Results showed that among women between the ages of 60 and 75, those who had poorly controlled diabetes had worse hearing than those who had a better grip on their disease. Among women younger than 60, diabetics had worse hearing than non-diabetics, regardless of their ability to manage their condition.
“A certain degree of hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process for all of us, but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication and diet,” said researcher Derek Handzo, DO.
Men tended to have worse hearing loss regardless of diabetes, suggesting that further study is needed to explore the possible role of gender, according to the team, who presented their findings at the annual Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting.
People who need to control their blood sugar because of adult onset diabetes need to follow a sensible low carb, low GI diet, exercise and use the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement to help prevent complications caused by chronically high glucose levels.