"Metabolic syndrome" has become a common phrase in health news circles. The syndrome refers to a whole caboodle of medical conditions that enhance your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It affects one in five people in the U.S. Occurrence increases with age.
Metabolic syndrome can be a precursor to the development of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research seems to indicate that genetic factors, too much body fat, and a sedentary life style are all factors that contribute to the condition.
Recently researchers at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, have found that there is a connection between metabolic syndrome and glaucoma.
The study performed a massive review of over two million people 40 years and older who were continuously enrolled in a managed-care network and who had one or more visits to a ophthalmologist during 2001 to 2007. A total of 55,000 patients who met the inclusion criteria had open-angle glaucoma.
After evaluating the data, the researchers established that those with diabetes alone or in partnership with hypertension had an increased risk of developing glaucoma in contrast to persons without either disease.
They also found out, in contrast, that people who only had hyperlipidemia (a high concentration of fats in the blood), proved a five-percent dropped chance of developing glaucoma.
The message to learn from this research is that those who have diabetes or hypertension need to take extra care to protect their eyesight. Here is one simple piece of health advice from Cate Stevenson of DHP. Add these healing foods to your weekly diet: yellow, orange, or dark green fruits and vegetables. They'll help defend your eyes!