Diabetes causes hearing lossby Annalisa Lista - 2012.12.03
Diabetes is not only tied to kidney and heart diseases, but also to hearing impairment. This is the main finding contained in a Japanese research, made up of data obtained from 13 eligible studies conducted between 1977 and 2011. Comparing diabetic patients with non-diabetic ones, researchers have found a higher prevalence of hearing impairment in the former, consistent regardless of age and gender. It is thought that high blood sugar levels brought on by diabetes may lead to hearing loss by damaging blood vessels in the ears. It seems, then, that diabetes causes deafness more than noise, tobacco and drugs do. Anyway, such results need to be improved by more precise tests taking into account other factors such as an exact measuring of noise level and the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
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