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Japanese Study Links Diabetes to Hearing Loss

Ava Lawson | December 12th, 2012

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Affecting more than 26 million Americans, diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, blindness, and chronic kidney problems – and is considered the seventh leading cause of death.

To make matters worse, a new Japanese study shows diabetics are more than twice as likely as those without the disease to suffer from hearing loss. Researchers believe that the high blood glucose levels brought on by the disease cause irreparable damage to blood vessels within the ears. According to the results of the study, those under the age of 60 had 2.61 times the risk, while patients over 60 had a 1.58 times higher risk of developing hearing impairment.

“Current meta-analysis suggests that the higher prevalence of hearing impairment in diabetic patients compared with non diabetic patients was consistent regardless of age,” stated clinical researcher Chika Horikawa, of the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine.

A physician-directed diabetes diet can help

The good news is that diabetics or those who have been diagnosed with pre diabetes have several options to prevent risks of further complications, or even reverse the disease. People who normalize their weight are frequently able to take less diabetes medication, or even stop their need for insulin altogether. For those interested in managing diabetes effectively, a physician-assisted diabetes diet can help individuals lose weight while mitigating the slew of health problems associated with the disease. The Center for Medical Weight Loss boasts a dedicated team of doctors who are trained in diabetes prevention through weight loss, showing patients easy steps to control their blood sugar levels through diet and exercise.

Such diabetic diet programs have proven successful in reversing pre diabetes in patients who have not yet developed the full-blown disease. Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Center states “We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin.”

Reversing pre diabetes through medical weight loss

More than 79 million American adults are thought to have pre diabetes – where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet at dangerous levels. Since early warning signs of the disease may be subtle, many with the condition are completely unaware of its potential risks. For patients who suspect they may have pre diabetes, weight loss can not only prevent advanced diabetes from developing, but can reduce blood pressure and lower heart disease risk, ensuring a healthier overall life.

Stories of weight loss success are common at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, where physicians formulate a balanced diabetes diet program that integrates a variety of principles to help patients lower blood sugar levels, while encouraging positive lifestyle changes.

“When patients lose 5% to 10% of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly,” explains Dr. Kaplan.

Medical weight loss is not about giving up all sweets and foods that you love, but about finding balance and moderation which encourages lasting results.

Are you ready to take control of your health today? For more information about managing diabetes, or reversing it altogether, please contact The Center for Medical Weight Loss. To find a Center in your area, enter your zip code in the box at the right. Special offers are available for first-time visitors in select locations throughout the country.