Osteoporosis a Risk for Cataracts?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Osteoporosis a Risk for Cataracts?

What do calcium balance, osteoporosis and cataracts have to do with each other? Actually, maybe quite a bit according to researchers reporting in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology who identified interesting information regarding an association between cataracts, cataract surgery and osteoporosis.

About Calcium, Osteoporosis & Cataract Risk
Especially in seniors and aging populations, we know that calcium is an important factor in bone health and the development of osteoporosis. We also know that calcium is an important factor in cataract formation.  What wasn’t obvious or apparent until the researchers carefully analyzed the data was whether there was any association between osteoporosis and cataracts.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors Associated with Cataracts
The researchers first identified that 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.

If you or someone you know is concerned about osteoporosis and their risk of cataracts, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.