Another reason to lower your blood cholesterol if it is elevated: Doing so may reduce your risk of the most common type of glaucoma (open-angle), suggests an observational study in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Researchers analyzed data from 137,000 health care professionals who were followed for about 15 years and found that those who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol had a 17 percent increased risk of developing glaucoma. Every 20 mg/dL increase in total cholesterol was associated with a 7 percent increased risk.
In contrast, statin use was associated with decreased glaucoma risk, notably in people ages 65 and older and when taken for at least five years. Previous research looking at the effect of statin use on glaucoma risk has had inconsistent results.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.