Can Being Overweight Protect Against Glaucoma?

February 23, 2011

Results from the 10 year prospective Rotterdam study showed that for every point increase in BMI, there was a 7% reduction in risk for a woman developing glaucoma.  A one point increase in BMI is roughly equal to 6 pounds in a woman of average weight and height.

While the researchers did not attribute the protection to the extra fat itself, they did speculate that perhaps the associated extra estrogen may be involved.

Of course, obesity presents other health risks.

For the study abstract, click here.

Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science, Marketing and Regulatory




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