Obese women "face reduced glaucoma risk"

Obese women "face reduced glaucoma risk"

Women with obesity may have a reduced chance of developing open-angle glaucoma, new research has suggested.

The study was carried out by the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and claimed that there is a seven per cent fall in the risk of the condition for each one-unit increase in a woman"s body mass index.

However, the research, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology journal, also argued that men with obesity do not experience a similar fall in glaucoma risk.

The study"s authors said an explanation for the findings could be that "high oestrogen levels and hormone therapy might be protective to open-angle glaucoma and obesity seems to be positively related with postmenopausal plasma oestrogen levels".

In related news, the University of Arizona"s College of Engineering unveiled a new test which could allow people to examine themselves for glaucoma by measuring stiffness in the eye, which is indicative of intraocular pressure.

by Adrian Galbreth

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