Risk for glaucoma is lower in overweight women, study finds

08/5/2010 | HealthDay News

Overweight women are at a lower risk of developing normal-tension glaucoma compared with their normal-weight counterparts, a U.S. study found. The study shows that each unit increase in these women's body mass index translates to a 6% drop in glaucoma risk, though experts are not recommending high levels of weight gain as a solution. "Some hormones may be binding with the retina and may be protecting these women from getting glaucoma," an expert said.

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