BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Glaucoma is a disease which can lead to loss of vision from damage to the eye’s optic nerve.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, this damage to the optic nerve is typically caused by a fluid buildup within the eye, which puts pressure on the nerve. Glaucoma can cause partial or complete blindness, and the damage is usually irreversible.
Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?
The Glaucoma Research Foundation says that, while everyone has some risk of developing glaucoma, the highest risk lies in a few demographics. African Americans, people over 60, those with a family history of glaucoma, Asians, and older Hispanic individuals reportedly present a higher risk of developing this disease. Having a previous eye injury is also thought to increase the risks of developing glaucoma.
How Can Sipping Hot Tea Daily Lower these Risks?
According to a small study, people that drink hot tea on a daily basis might be lowering their risks of developing glaucoma. The research team took other factors that can contribute to glaucoma, such as smoking and diabetes, into consideration as well.
After accounting for such risk factor, they found that those who drank hot tea daily were 74% less likely to develop glaucoma. Study findings were released in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
No such associations were found for other beverages, such as coffee, iced tea, or soda. The British Medical Journal makes it clear that this small analysis does not show a cause and effect relation. However, it considers the results encouraging.
More research is needed to determine the mechanisms responsible for the effects of sipping hot tea on glaucoma risks. Also, the study is yet to be duplicated.
Nevertheless, the strong association uncovered by this study could potentially lead to advancements in glaucoma prevention, believe some. As it is, there is still much to learn about how and why tea drinkers present lower glaucoma risks.
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