Obesity is being rightfully blamed for increasing health risks ranging from diabetes to heart problems. However, recent research reveals that there is one serious disease that cannot be blamed on being obese. According to research involving nearly 4,000 adults over the period of a decade, overweight women were less likely than their thinner counterparts to develop the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma. Specifically, the heavier women were less likely to develop open-angle glaucoma, which is the most common form of the disease, and the study revealed no connection between glaucoma and men’s body weight. This finding seems counterintuitive because obesity does boost intraocular pressure. However, researchers surmise that increased estrogen levels in extra fat tissue may lower women’s glaucoma risk.
While not exactly a disease, obesity – especially involving excess weight in the upper body – is a risk factor for a number of other serious medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and glaucoma. We use the latest technology to identify signs of diabetes and hypertension and to screen for glaucoma.
P.S. Regarding the above-mentioned research, certainly no one would suggest that being obese is a good strategy to adopt to avoid glaucoma or that obese women have no real need to be screened regularly for glaucoma.