A Specific Type of Glaucoma Associated with High Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Mature woman holds glasses with diopter lenses,rubs her eyes and looks through them, the problem of myopia, vision correctionA new study from Taiwan shows that people with a specific type of glaucoma called normal-tension glaucoma may have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Previous studies have produced mixed results between glaucoma and Alzheimer’s, so researchers focused on this specific type of eye disease.

A glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the tissue that connects the eye to the brain. Glaucoma generally occurs when the pressure inside the eye becomes too high. This increased pressure can damage the optic nerve, eventually causing vision loss. However, with normal-tension glaucoma, also known as low-tension glaucoma, damage occurs to the optic nerve even though the eye pressure is in a normal range.


For the study, researchers compared the incidence of Alzheimer’s in 15,317 people with normal-tension glaucoma and 61,268 age- and gender-matched people without glaucoma.

After adjusting for hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, and stroke, researchers found that people with normal-tension glaucoma were 52 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to those without glaucoma. Older females with a history of stroke had the highest incidence. Researchers also noted that the use of glaucoma eye drops did not protect against Alzheimer’s disease or increase the risk.

Researchers believe that not everyone with normal-tension glaucoma will develop Alzheimer’s disease, but this study goes to show how there should be Alzheimer’s screening for at-risk patients. The two conditions are similar in that they both occur when nerve cells deteriorate and die, a neurodegeneration process.

In Alzheimer’s, it affects the nerve cells in the brain that are responsible for cognition and memory. In glaucoma, neurodegeneration affects the retinal ganglion cells in the optic nerve, which can cause blindness over time.

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Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.



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