Cholesterol Medications Cut Cataract Risk

09 Mar

A large recent study suggests that taking cholesterol lowering medications may cut the risk of cataracts later in life.

The UK’s Daily Mail (1/15, Hagan) reports that, according to a study published in the Annals of Epidemiology, “statins (medications like Lipitor) could cut the chances of developing cataracts by nearly 40 percent.”

In a “study of 180,000 people,” Israeli researchers found that “men aged between 45 and 54 who took the cholesterol-lowering pills virtually every day reduced their risk of cataracts later in life by 38 percent, compared with those who took them rarely.” Meanwhile, “in women of the same age, the risk was reduced by about 18 percent.”

Dr. Henahan’s take:

While cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries ever created, anything that can delay their onset and provide many other health benefits is a great option for patients.  If you have issues with elevated cholesterol, this is just one more reason to be consistent with your medications.  This study does not make it clear whether people with normal cholesterol would benefit from statin drugs like Lipitor for lowering cataract risk, but, for those with elevated cholesterol, the data is clear cut.

At Spectrum Eyecare in Peachtree City, Dr. Henahan takes the time to carefully evaluate the health of your eyes, and discusses how general health issues like high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes can impact your eyes.  We even check blood pressure and blood sugar during your eye exam, because we know that these problems can affect your eye.

The best way to deal with eye disease is to try and prevent them by improving your health and having regular eye exams, especially if you are over the age of 50.

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