Baltimore Doctor on Glaucoma Risk & Metabolic Syndrome

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Baltimore Doctor on Glaucoma Risk & Metabolic Syndrome

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D. commented on growing concerns about glaucoma risk, metabolic syndrome and an aging population. "It is of growing concern to eye doctors that some 20% of the U.S. population has metabolic syndrome and that both metabolic syndrome and open angle glaucoma (OAG) increase in prevalence with age. We need to be prepared for the increasing disease burden of OAG as the population ages,” explained Dr. Betancourt.

Researchers reporting in the July 2011 publication Ophthalmology suggested that the risk of developing open angle glaucoma (OAG) may be increased if you suffer from metabolic syndrome. Patients with diabetes mellitus, systemic arterial hypertension or high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol and triglycerides and obesity thus will have elevated risks of developing open angle glaucoma (OAG).

The authors performed statistical analysis to determine patients' risk of developing 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.

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes mellitus, systemic arterial hypertension or high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol and triglycerides and obesity or metabolic syndrome and are concerned about an increased risk of glaucoma thus will have elevated risks of developing open angle glaucoma (OAG), it is important to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

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