Want to avoid glaucoma? have a close look at your thyroid

A British Journal of Ophthalmology report finds that glaucoma can be linked with the thyroid problem.The thyroid is responsible for making hormones that are necessary for every cell in the body to function.The growth and rate of chemical reactions is also partly regulated by hormones that originate in the thyroid.

The researchers suggest that there is a biological link between the two conditions. For example, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) can help to increase chemical deposits in the group of vessels that bring blood to and from the eye. This can lead to an increase in pressure within the eyeball, which is a main symptom of glaucoma.

Researcher Jennifer Moren Cross (University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States) and colleagues studied the relationship between thyroid disorders and glaucoma using a nationally representative sample of 12,376 adults in the US who participated in the 2002 National Health Interview Survey. Participants responded to questions covering demographic information as well as items that probed their histories of thyroid gland disorders and glaucoma.

Source: Medical News Today

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