Is Cataract Risk Associated with Body Mass Index (BMI)?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Is Cataract Risk Associated with Body Mass Index (BMI)?

About Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is recognized risk factor for some common diseases including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other vascular diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a normal weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5-<25 kg/m2, excess body weight or being overweight as BMI of 25-<30 kg/m2, and obesity as BMI of ≥30 kg/m2. Generally, the association between BMI and risk of cataract has not been obvious.

Research on BMI & Cataract Risk
Using Meta Analysis along with powerful statistical analysis, researchers were able to evaluate the risk of cataracts with being overweight or obesity by using BMI. They found that being overweight or obese were significantly associated with an increased risk of cataracts, especially those called “posterior subcapsular cataracts” which typically cause the greatest vision decline. This relationship was independent of sex, alcohol intake, diabetes and hypertension.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts and weight or body mass index (BMI) please share this information with them and ask them to call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or to schedule an appointment.

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