Monday, July 6, 2015

Cataract Risk with Obesity

High Body Mass Index (BMI) with obesity or even being overweight is known to be an increased risk factor for a number of diseases and conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, a range of other cardiovascular diseases and joint and orthopedic problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a normal weight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-<25 kg/m2, excess body weight as BMI of 25-<30 kg/m2, and obesity as BMI of ≥30 kg/m2.

Until now, any relationship between BMI and risk of cataract development has been controversial and not completely obvious.

Research on BMI & Cataract Development
 By using Meta Analysis and powerful statistical methods 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 being overweight or even obese based on Body Mass Index (BMI) please share this information with them and ask them to schedule a cataract evaluation at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract CenterGoogle+ or to schedule an appointment.

Alabama Eye & Cataract is located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine Cataract Surgeons Marc Michelson, M.D. and Tyler Hall, M.D. who perform Laser Cataract Surgery at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.