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Researchers at University of Ulsan Target Hearing Loss (Associations of Dietary Riboflavin, Niacin, and Retinol With Age-related Hearing Loss: an Analysis of Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data)

South Korea Daily Report


2019 JUN 18 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at South Korea Daily Report -- Current study results on Hearing Diseases and Conditions - Hearing Loss have been published. According to news reporting originating from Seoul, South Korea, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Because age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is irreversible, prevention is very important. Thus, investigating modifying factors that help prevent ARHL is critical for the elderly.”

Financial support for this research came from National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) - Korea government (MSIT).

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Ulsan, “Nutritional status or nutritional factors for the elderly are known to be associated with many problems related to aging. Emerging studies suggest that there was the interaction between nutrition and ARHL. We aimed to investigate the possible impact of dietary nutrients on ARHL using data from the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) which included 4742 subjects aged 65 years from 2010 to 2012. All participants underwent an otologic examination, audiologic evaluation, and nutritional survey. The associations between ARHL and nutrient intake were analyzed using simple and multiple regression models with complex sampling adjusted for confounding factors, such as BMI, smoking status, alcohol consumption, and history of hypertension and diabetes. Higher intake groups of riboflavin, niacin and retinol was inversely associated with ARHL prevalence (riboflavin aOR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.54-0.94; p = 0.016, niacin aOR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.54-0.96; p = 0.025, retinol aOR 0.66; 95% CI, 0.51-0.86; p = 0.002, respectively).”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Our findings suggest the recommended intake levels of riboflavin, niacin, and retinol may help reduce ARHL in the elderly.”

For more information on this research see: Associations of Dietary Riboflavin, Niacin, and Retinol With Age-related Hearing Loss: an Analysis of Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data. NUTRIENTS, 2019;11(4):. NUTRIENTS can be contacted at: Mdpi, St Alban-Anlage 66, Ch-4052 Basel, Switzerland.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.W. Chung, University of Ulsan, College Of Medicine, ASAN Medical Center, Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 88 Olymp Ro 43 Gil, Seoul 05505, South Korea.

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