By Roy S. Johnson
I don’t “see” it, but regular exercise may help you see better.
Oh not tomorrow. Apparently, I won’t be chucking the glasses I’ve worn most of my just because I’m in the gym five days a week. But it just may help me later, as I age and become at greater risk for eye issues.
According to a study recently published regular vigorous exercise diminishes the chance you might develop one of the risk factors for glaucoma-low ocular perfusion pressure (OPP).
“It appears that OPP is largely determined by cardiovascular fitness,” author Paul J. Foster, MD PhD, FRCS(Ed), of the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology told sciencedaily.com. “We cannot comment on the cause, but there is certainly an association between a sedentary lifestyle and factors which increase glaucoma risk.”
Glaucoma affects about 4 million Americans now, but fewer than half of then even know they have it, according to experts. And it could cause ten percent of those who have it to go blind. Check out the facts.
African Americans are over-represented among those suffering from glaucoma; they are six-to-eight time more likely to have it. The disease is the leading cause of blindness among Blacks. Moreover it has been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular death among Blacks.
We already know sitting on your butt will lead to all sorts of ailments-some of them potentially deadly. So I’m not sure if this news–which was published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science-will motivate the millions of couch slugs to change their lives.
But it just might, if they think they someday won’t be able to see the television.