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Increasing Green Vegetables Intake May Lower Glaucoma Risk

By jeremyc | January 12, 2016

Consuming green leafy vegetables on a daily basis might lower the risk to glaucoma by as much as 20 percent over a period of many years, according to a new study.

A severe disease of the eye, Glaucoma is marked by increased fluid pressure within the eye. Generally, a patient has glaucoma in both eyes. However, the symptoms of the disease might be more severe in one eye. Glaucoma can lead to loss of vision, even total blindness, if left untreated.

In the study, researchers followed approximately 64,000 individuals in the Nurses’ Health Study (1984-2012) and over 41,000 individuals in the Health Professional follow-up Study (1986-2014).

All the participants were over 40 years and no one had glaucoma when the study started. Each patient took an eye exam every two years. Approximately 1,500 participants were diagnosed with glaucoma over the follow-up period of 25 years.

The researchers checked the consumption of green vegetables of the participants. Participants were divided on 5 groups, on basis of the consumption of the green leafy vegetables. Those who ate the maximum amount of green vegetables consumed on average one-and-a-half cup every day. Those who ate the least consumed one cup every 3 days.

While the study found a link between greater consumption of green vegetables and reduced risk to glaucoma, it could not pinpoint cause and effect.

Nevertheless increasing the intake of green vegetables is a low-risk advice. Speak to your doctor if you should eat more servings of green vegetables.

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