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Drinking Coffee and Glaucoma: Are They Linked?

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drinking-coffee-and-glaucoma-are-they-linkedA New Study Says Drinking Coffee is Tied to Glaucoma. 

The battle continues of whether coffee has health benefits or not, and a new study links drinking coffee to Glaucoma. Harvard recently released a new study that links drinking coffee to Glaucoma. The Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal reported on this study. So caffeine addicts, read all about this study linking coffee to vision loss

Coffee Linked to Glaucoma Study 

The Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal reported that the authors of the study, part of Harvard’s medical school, say that as little as three cups could be putting you at risk. The study included: 

  • 79,120 women and 42,050 men for a total of 121,170 participants.
  • Examined from 1980 to 2004.
  • All participants were at least 40 years old. 
  • None had glaucoma at the beginning of the study.

The coffee and glaucoma study found that people who drink at least three cups of java per day were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma than those who don’t drink coffee.

Exfoliation Glaucoma is a white material, that looks like small flakes of dandruff, and builds up on the lens of the eye. Women who have a family history of glaucoma were at higher risk, approximately 66 percent, if they drank three or more cups of coffee per day. There was no link to Glaucoma for caffeinated tea or soda drinkers.

According to sources, the results surprised the authors and are probing more future research for if drinking coffee is linked to Glaucoma

Does this mean no more lattes? Not necessarily since there are known health benefits and this study could not definitively determine if drinking coffee is linked to Glaucoma. But it is important to get your eyes checked regularly and know your family history.  

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