The importance of regular exercise is always stressed, and it’s for excellent reason. There is mounting evidence to support that exercise can aid in all areas of health. The latest research findings suggest that patients living with glaucoma who engage in exercise and physical activity have better health outcomes than those who live a sedentary life.
The study looked at 141 patients with glaucoma aged 60 to 80. The patients wore accelerometers for a week to track steps and daily activity.
Average daily steps were 5,613, and the unadjusted average rate of visual field loss was 0.36 dB annually.
Each increase of 1,000 steps a day was associated with less sensitivity loss over time. Each 10-minute increase of vigorous activity was associated with a slower annual rate of visual field decline.
The authors wrote in conclusion, “These findings suggest the need for clinical trials examining the association between physical activity and glaucomatous [visual field] loss to determine if interventions to increase physical activity may have a beneficial role in patients with glaucoma.”
The study reveals that something as simple as walking is beneficial enough to aid in glaucoma, so don’t feel that you need to rush and purchase a gym membership.
By adding regular physical activity to your daily life, you can support your overall health.