Obese People Twice as Likely to Lose Sight
September 19, 2006
Those who are obese have a greatly increased risk of losing their sight due to degenerative eye conditions, according to a report from Britain's Royal National Institute of the Blind.
Obese people have an increased risk of three major causes of sight loss:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition affecting the retina which is a common cause of sight loss
- Diabetic retinopathy, a progressive blurring of vision experienced by many with type 2 diabetes
- Cataracts, a clouding of the eye lens
The obese have twice the risk of suffering from AMD and cataracts, and up to10 times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.