In a new study from Japan, experts examined previous research to see if there was a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss. There was.
In fact, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing trouble than those without. Additionally, younger diabetes sufferers seemed to be more affected by hearing troubles than older patients.
What this means for treatment and prevention is still unclear, but researchers do believe uncontrolled blood sugar levels (high blood sugar) may damage blood vessels in the ears, leading to hearing impairment.
What Does This Mean to You?
We know that uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a host of serious health issues, including nerve damage and blindness. This research gives us yet another reason to do what we can to control blood sugar levels. Even if you’ve cut carbs and are eating smarter, there are a few things you can do to help keep your blood sugar in check:
- Wait until later in the day to eat your carbs. Our bodies metabolize sugar better toward the end of the day, which is why low carb breakfast and lunch are so critical to blood sugar control.
- Pair carbs with proteins. You probably already know this, but protein helps slow the break down of food into glucose, keeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
- Sit less, do more. Current research puts sitting six hours a day to be as bad for you as smoking. It’s that serious. When you can, opt to stand or walk while doing your work. For example, if you’re in an office, stand up to talk on the phone, dictate a letter or even to type. I’ve placed my keyboard on a bookshelf so I could write while standing. It was actually more comfortable than my old office chair.
- Work to cut out more carbs. This can be as simple as substituting a sweetener for your regular sugar. I switched to erythritol for my coffee and find that I enjoy the taste more than when I used sugar.
- Snack wisely. There are so many choices for low carb snacks that you can really feel satisfied without compromising blood sugar. If you were to replace one high carb food with a low carb alternative each week, you would gradually move to a healthier diet without feeling as though you are missing out.
Hearing loss is a very real threat to diabetics and yet another reason to do what it takes to control your blood sugar. Take baby steps and work toward better blood sugar control – you can do this!