High cholesterol levels increase the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. In addition, it can lead to an increased risk of progression of the dangerous eye ailment – glaucoma. This is stated in a study published in JAMA Opthamology.
Scientists have analyzed over 800 cases of the most common type of glaucoma – primary open-angle glaucoma. The experiment involved more than 136,000 people who were followed for more than 15 years.
During this time, the participants informed the authors of the scientific paper about the use of statins (drugs to lower cholesterol) and provided updated data on their level of the substance in the body. After collecting the information and reviewing it, the researchers concluded that a 20-point increase in total cholesterol increased the likelihood of glaucoma by 7 percent.