Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 9.10.01 AMA new study revealed women should consume two or more servings of fish a week to help ward off chronic health problems.

According to Sharon G. Curhan, MD, BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine, by eating two or more servings of fish per week women can lower their risk of losing their hearing.

Curhan analyzed data from Nurses’ Health Study I, which observed 65,215 women from 1991 to 2009. Of the women who rarely consumed fish, more than 11,000 of them reported cases of hearing loss. However, women who consumed two or more servings of fish per week had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss. Specifically, there was a correlation between hearing preservation and omega-3s, such as salmon.

“Consumption of any type of fish (tuna, dark fish, light fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk. These findings suggest that diet may be important in the prevention of acquired hearing loss,” Curhan said.

Though Curhan discovered an association between fish consumption and hearing preservation, it does not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

Past studies has shown omega-3 fatty acids can help stabilize heart rhythm and help prevent heart attacks.

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