Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss affecting nearly 60 million people. Treatment can slow down its progression, but there is no cure.
However, lifestyle factors can influence eye pressure, which is a major risk factor for the disease.
Certain habits may help minimize the risk of losing vision beyond drugs and surgery.
1. Exercise Regularly: studies have shown that people who engage in moderate to vigorous forms of exercise appear to have 73% lower risk of developing glaucoma.
This is because blood flow and pressure in the eye may change with exercises which reduces the chance of glaucoma.
2. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables . Study shows that people who eat green fruits and vegetables stand a 20-30% lower risk of developing glaucoma.
This is because nitrates in green vegetables can be converted to nitric oxide converted to nitric oxide, which can improve blood floor and help regulate blood pressure inside the eye
3. Drink coffee in moderation or preventably drink Tea.
People who consumed at least one hot tea daily had 74% decreased odds of having glaucoma compared with those who do not consume hot tea.
4. Consider taking a magnesium supplement.
An adequate intake of dietary magnesium may be beneficial for patients with glaucoma.
Magnesium improves circulation and seems to have a beneficial effect on glaucoma patients vision.
5. Don't smoke
Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of glaucoma and has an overall negative on eye health.
6. Maintain a healthy body weight.
Studies shows that people with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk of diabetes and having diabetes puts people at risk of glaucoma. Having a too low BMI is also associated with increased glaucoma risk.
7. Avoid inverted postures in yoga.
Studies shows that head down positions can increase eye pressure and are not recommended for glaucoma patients.
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