Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cataract Risk & Being Overweight or Obese

What does having a Body Mass Index (BMI) that suggests you are overweight or obese have to do with your risk of getting cataracts? As it turns out, research suggests that there is in fact an association between BMI and risk of cataracts.

About Body Mass Index (BMI)
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a normal weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5-<25 kg/m2, being overweight as a BMI of 25-<30 kg/m2, and obesity as BMI of ≥30 kg/m2. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a well know risk factor for high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and orthopedic joint related problems. We also know that there are many factors associated with an increased risk of cataracts including age, cumulative exposure to sunlight and UV, smoking, alcohol consumption and even family history, but the relationship between BMI and risk of cataract has been less clear.

Research on BMI & Cataract Risk
By using detailed statistical review and Meta Analysis researchers 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 Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.