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Regular Exercise Might Reduces Glaucoma Risk

By jeremyc | November 12, 2017

According to new research, moderate intensity exercise, like jogging or brisk walking, might reduce the risk of developing glaucoma.

In glaucoma, the optic nerve of the eye gets damaged, leading to vision loss. There are many different types of glaucoma, the most common being open-angle glaucoma. This condition is marked by increased eye pressure.

Glaucoma is the number one cause of non-reversible blindness. At present, glaucoma is incurable. However, the good news is that if the condition is diagnosed early, treatments are available which reduce the progression rate of the disease and helps preserve vision.

Glaucoma is quite a common condition. It is estimated that no fewer than 3 million individuals in America have glaucoma.

People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. When glaucoma has set in, certain lifestyle factors can help minimize vision loss. These are maintaining healthy weight, exercising regularly, and keeping blood pressure under control. All of these factors also reduce risk of diabetes, which, as said previously, is linked to glaucoma.

Many health experts have long believed lifestyle choices have no bearing on glaucoma itself. However, a few latest studies have revealed that lifestyle factors affect eye pressure, which in turn is linked to glaucoma.

In this study, the researchers noted that people who are physically active are less likely to develop glaucoma than those who aren’t. In fact regular exercise can reduce glaucoma risk by as much as 73 percent.

 

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