Glaucoma: Tea may help ward off eye disease, study says

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Glaucoma is a serious eye condition which is triggered by excess fluid pressure build-up inside the eye, leading to the damage of optic nerve. Risk factors for developing glaucoma include age, a medical history of diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

But if you want to reduce your risk of glaucoma, there are other things you should focus on.

Drink tea to prevent glaucoma. There was no significant correlation between glaucoma and consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea and soft drinks, and glaucoma.

Surprisingly, the results found that people who said they drank more than six cups of hot tea each week weren't as likely to suffer the condition.

The results of the study were published yesterday in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

During the study, the researchers referred to data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), situated in the United States, which represents annual survey of about 10,000 people to study the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the country.

This is a nationally representative annual survey of around 10,000 people that includes interviews, physical examinations and blood samples, created to gauge the health and nutritional status of U.S. adults and children.

Glaucoma: Tea may help ward off eye disease, study says
Glaucoma: Tea may help ward off eye disease, study says

Wilmer Eye Institute ophthalmologist, Dr Mary Qiu, said future studies should address the potential role of glaucoma screening and hormone replacement therapy in women undergoing ovary removal.

Out of the 84 participants who were found to have glaucoma, there appeared to be no link between drinking coffee, soft drinks or iced tea and them having the condition.

As a part of their assessment, the participants were quizzed on their drinking habits, including how much coffee, hot tea, decaffeinated tea, soft drinks, and iced tea they had drunk over the past year, and how often.

Individuals who consume hot tea daily may have a lower risk of developing glaucoma, according to a study published online December 14 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as diabetes and smoking, hot tea-drinkers were 74 per cent less likely to have glaucoma.

The scientists warn that this is only an association noted in an observational study, so no cause-effect relationship should be inferred without further analysis. The study group was relatively small, and the information on when glaucoma had been diagnosed was also unavailable.

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