Open Angle Glaucoma and Metabolic Syndrome

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Massachusetts Glaucoma Specialist on Metabolic Syndrome

Massachusetts Glaucoma Specialist Bin Wu, M.D. reviewed current thoughts on glaucoma risk and metabolic syndrome. “What we know today is that patients with diabetes mellitus, systemic arterial hypertension or high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol and triglycerides and obesity have elevated risks of developing open angle glaucoma,” said Dr. Wu of D’Ambrosio Eye Care with offices in Athol, Lancaster, Acton and Gardner, Massachusetts. “This is of some concern as approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population has metabolic syndrome and both metabolic syndrome and open angle glaucoma increase in prevalence with age. As the U.S. population ages, the disease burden of open angle may increase in the coming years," he stressed. Reviewing data presented in the journal Ophthalmology, researchers performed statistical analysis to determine patients' risk of developing open angle glaucoma OAG in conjunction with individual and combined types of metabolic syndrome. Data were adjusted for social and demographic factors, systemic medical conditions and other ocular diseases. The adjusted data showed that subjects with diabetes alone had a 35% increased risk of developing OAG, and those with hypertension alone had a 17% increased risk. Those with diabetes and hypertension combined had a 48% risk. Those with hyperlipidemia alone had a 5% decreased risk. Obese subjects had a 14% increased risk. Patients with diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension combined had a 26% increased risk and the risk of developing OAG were higher in African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans than in Caucasians, the authors reported.

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