VANCOUVER, British Columbia Eating less was the only weight loss strategy found to decrease the odds of developing glaucoma, according to a poster presented here at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting
Nikitha Reddy, MD , and colleagues conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study using the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The researchers reported in the poster that 3,076,410, or 3.7%, of the 83,643,392 subjects in the NHANES study had glaucoma, which was defined as more than two abnormal points on visual field tests and cup-to-disc ratio (CDR) or CDR asymmetry of at least 97.5% of the NHANES population.
Reddy told Healio.com/OSN that she and her colleagues looked at the risk of glaucoma associated with a range of weight loss strategies.
We found there was a decreased risk of glaucoma associated with eating less in order to lose weight, and there was an increased risk of glaucoma associated with exercise, using diet supplement pills, dietitian consult or drinking more water with glaucoma, she said.
The retrospective, cross-sectional nature of the research has ...