Baltimore Surgeon on Decreased Cataract Risk with Vitamins & Antioxidants

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baltimore Surgeon on Decreased Cataract Risk with Vitamins & Antioxidants

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D., noted, “It may be possible that there is an association between your risk of cataracts and your intake of certain vitamins and antioxidants according to researchers reporting their results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Until now, studies have been inconsistent regarding the association between blood antioxidants or vitamins and the risk of age-related cataract. By performing a meta analysis of 13 different studies, researchers found the  lower the  level of vitamin E, α-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, the  greater the  risk of age-related cataract in Asian populations but not in Western populations, whereas β-Carotene, lycopene, and β-cryptoxanthin  had no significant association with risk of cataract. Dr. Betancourt stressed however, “While these results look somewhat interesting, the question remains whether increasing intake through dietary supplements actually has any role in decreasing the risk of cataract formation-there just isn’t enough data to say with any confidence.”

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