Evidence points to link between cataracts and statin use

A study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology supports previous study findings that patients who have a history of statin use are at an increased risk of developing cataracts. This study utilized information from the British Columbia Ministry of Health database from the period between 2000-2007 as well as information from the IMS LifeLink […]

Cardiovascular risk not affected by carotenoids

Cardiovascular outcomes were also analyzed as part of the second Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) to determine the impact that supplements containing omega-3s, lutein and zeaxanthin had on cardiovascular disease risk. Previous diet studies had suggested that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce rates of cardiac death. 4,203 people were randomly selected […]

Enteric coated aspirin not as effective as bare, white tablet

A recent study has shown that the coating of buffered aspirin may conceal the drug’s heart-protective benefits. Researchers aimed to investigate the phenomenon known as “aspirin resistance,” a condition that has been hypothesized to affect 5 to 40 percent of the population. However, the authors did not find one case of true aspirin resistance among […]

Diabetic retinopathy tied to risk of heart disease

Type 2 diabetes is defined as insulin resistance. When the body is unable to process insulin, glucose will not be correctly absorbed into cells and will thus accumulate in the bloodstream. High blood glucose can lead to a wide array of cardiovascular complications, such as diabetic retinopathy (DR), heart disease, and stroke. A recent study […]

Belly Fat and Blood Pressure – Related or Not?

In a post hoc analysis of the ACCORD Blood Pressure Trial, the amount of visceral obesity did not have an impact on cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes receiving intensive blood pressure treatment. In these patients, no association was found between the amount of belly fat and incidence of heart attacks or strokes. […]

Obamacare Sets Back American Health Care

Yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling sets back a long-term viable solution for American health care. But not for the reasons you might think. For-profit insurance companies were at the middle of the entire debate, and they shouldn’t have been. Here’s what really happened: 1. Some people couldn’t afford health care because private companies kept raising rates […]

Eating the yolk has its benefits

According to the newest U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines, eating one egg a day, including the yolk, is no longer viewed strictly as an unhealthy habit. While the egg yolk is one of the most concentrated sources of cholesterol in the diet, there is recent debate over how high-cholesterol foods really impact blood cholesterol, […]

Obesity Linked to Poor Vision Quality

Obesity is a serious health epidemic here in the United States.  The number of overweight adults in our country has nearly doubled in the last 30 years.  Most experts attribute this to overeating and a more sedentary lifestyle. Almost every Obesity related health issue has the potential to damage your eyes or your sight.  Excess body weight predisposes a […]

Many benefits to cataract surgery

A body of research has shown that many health problems associated with old  age, including memory loss, cancer, and heart disease, may be attributed to aging of the eye. The gradual yellowing of the lens and narrowing of the pupil that naturally occur over time were previously thought to have only ocular effects. Now, researchers argue […]

Smoke gets in your eyes… Way, way in!

T esteemed professional journal, Archives of Ophthalmology, published a recent study demonstrating that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration.