Osteoporosis & Cataract Risk

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Osteoporosis & Cataract Risk

What do calcium, osteoporosis and your risk of developing cataracts have to do with each other? Quite a bit as it turns out! Researchers reporting in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology shared some interesting information regarding an association between cataracts, cataract surgery and osteoporosis.

Calcium, Osteoporosis & Risk of Developing Cataracts
Most of us know that calcium is an important nutrient necessary for bone health and avoiding osteoporosis. But, did you know that calcium is an important factor in cataract formation? The researchers evaluated the association between osteoporosis and cataracts and found that age, female sex, higher socioeconomic class, smoking, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases are all associated with an increased prevalence of osteoporosis. Then through careful statistical modeling also found that these factors and osteoporosis are ALL associated with an increased prevalence of cataracts

Thus, they concluded that osteoporosis is associated with the presence of cataracts which may be related to calcium imbalance, hormonal abnormalities, and even a shared genetic predisposition.

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