Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Glaucoma Risk in Women Falls With Rising BMI

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By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Women's risk of open-angle glaucoma (OAG) decreased significantly as body mass index (BMI) increased, according to data from a large cohort study.

For every unit increase in body mass index, women had a 7% lower risk of glaucoma. BMI also had a significant relationship with intraocular pressure (IOP) in women, but in the opposite direction -- IOP went up as BMI went up, as reported online in Archives of Ophthalmology.

Other lifestyle factors did not significantly influence either open-angle glaucoma or intraocular pressure in men or women.

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