THE ROBBER DISEASE
You could call diabetes a chronic disease, but I really think of it as a "robber" disease. It steals so much from those who suffer with it. It becomes a constant companion, but not the kind you want...nagging you about your food, forcing you to monitor your blood, damaging your vessels. Sometimes it robs people of their sight or their limbs. And today comes evidence that it could also rob them of their hearing.
DIABETES AND HEARING LOSS
Researchers at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center say they've found a likely connection between diabetes and hearing impairment in patients with type 2 diabetes. They say it's tough to prove because hearing loss is often considered a problem that comes with aging. Nearly half of people over 75 have some degree of hearing loss (according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). But it keeps coming up in studies, so experts agree that people with type 2 diabetes should have regular hearing tests.
HEALTH IMPACT OF HEARING LOSS
It's important to catch it because hearing loss itself can be dangerous to your health. It often leads to isolation, depression, premature aging and can cause people to fall more frequently.