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Higher cholesterol levels linked with greater risk of glaucoma

New study finds high cholesterol levels are associated with primary open-angle glaucoma, while cholesterol-lowering statins lowers risk

06 May 2019 by Selina Powell

Elevated levels of cholesterol has been linked with a higher risk of developing glaucoma in a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.
 
The study involved data from 136,782 participants aged 40 and older.

Across the group, 886 cases of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) were identified.

Every 20 mg/dL increase in total serum cholesterol was associated with a 7% increase in risk of POAG, while any self-reported history of elevated cholesterol was also linked to an increased risk.

A history of using cholesterol-lowering statins was connected with a 15% lower risk of POAG.

Those who had used statins for five years or more had a 21% lower risk of POAG than those who had never used the medication.

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