In this edition of EmpowHER's "Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study conducted at the Henry Ford Hospital that suggests that there may be a connection between improperly controlled diabetes and hearing loss in women.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER Daily Dose.
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit suggest diabetes is associated with hearing loss in women, especially if the diabetes was never well controlled.
Researchers examined the medical records of 990 men and women who had hearing tests between 2000 and 2008. Patients with diabetes were divided into two groups: well-controlled and poorly controlled.
Among women aged 60 to 75, hearing loss was 14 percent worse even in well-controlled diabetics compared to those without diabetes and poorly controlled diabetics' hearing was 28 percent worse than the non-diabetic group's hearing.
The researchers did not find the same link between diabetes and hearing loss for men, just for women.
Researchers say that managing diabetes properly should help prevent hearing loss or keep it from getting worse.
And What remains unknown is if better management of diabetes can reverse hearing loss that's already occurred.
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