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Do You Know The Poor Nutrition In Early Childhood Could Lead To Hearing Loss ?

Byvision Science Technology Limited | Updated: Apr 25, 2018

Do you know the poor nutrition in early childhood could lead to hearing loss ?

Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and a variety of proteins -- all of these are foods the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as part of a healthy eating pattern important for the growth and development of children and adolescents. Eaten in the proper amounts and in conjunction with exercise, a balanced diet helps maintain a healthy body weight and reduces the risk of developing serious health conditions later in life.

Nutrition and hearing loss in children

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including hearing.

The CDC says poor nutrition in childhood can lead to an increased risk for developing health conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis -- and now even hearing loss. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that young adults who suffered from poor nutrition in early childhoodwere twice as likely to suffer hearing loss than their peers.

Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed the relationship between the nutritional levels and hearing health of 2,200 young adults in Nepal. These young adults had already been part of a nutrition trial conducted between 1989 and 1991 when they were young children. Researchers tested their hearing from 2006 to 2008 and found that those who were too short or too thin for their age were twice as likely to show signs of hearing loss.

In the case of stunted growth, researchers suspect poor nutrition impedes inner ear development, beginning in the womb. As for underweight caused by malnutrition, researchers hypothesize this raises the risk for developing ear infections. Chronic ear infections can cause hearing loss.  

"Our findings should help elevate hearing loss as a still-neglected public health burden, and one that nutrition interventions in early childhood might help prevent," Keith West Jr., a professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School and the principal investigator of the study said in a February 8 ScienceDaily release.

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