Bad Cholesterol: Very Low Level Puts You At Risk For Cataract
According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, very low levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, puts you at a greater risk for cataract. The researchers studied patients with heart disease taking LDL inhibitors to achieve unusually low cholesterol level. There were no adverse effects noted from the inhibitors except for an increased risk of cataracts.
The cholesterol-lowering drug, or statins, used in the study were specifically PCSK9 inhibitor, and no reports of side affects have surfaced, including memory impairment or nervous system disorders. However, the study showed that the risk for cataract is increased among statin users as compared with nonusers. According to the researchers, to glean the maximum amount of benefits and avoid risks, statin use specifically for primary prevention, should be carefully weighed.
According to the EurekAlert,statins are largely used to lower LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol. They are prescribed in hopes to lower risks of a heart attack or stroke. However, some high risk patients need to reduce their LDL level even further.
PCSK9 inhibitors can help them do that, but concerns on very low levels of LDL cholesterol effects on the body functions have risen.An analysis did show an increased incidence of cataracts in patients with LDL less than 25 compared to those greater than 25. This finding could be because reducing cholesterol accelerates underlying aging-related changes resulting to the development of cataracts.
According to The Jama Network , cataract development may be induced by oxidative stress, including a possible mitochondrial effect which can potentially increase risk for cataract. Previous studies have seen an increased rates of cataract among animals and humans with hereditary cholesterol deficiency. The recent studies on the effects of very low bad cholesterol have yielded an unexpected finding, putting patients who take statins in a precarious condition.
Too Much Bacon, Soda and Too Little Nuts Linked To Highest Deaths in the US
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that many Americans die annually from consuming too much bacon and soda and too little nuts and seeds. The study cited a 2012 government report that revealed about 700,000 people died that year from complications resulting from unhealthy eating habits. A combined list of 10 unhealthy ingredients was found to contribute to nearly 45% of these deaths.
New Technology Promises Nonsurgical Cataract Treatment
A new technology has been licensed to develop nonsurgical treatment for cataract. Due to its similarity in protein molecules in the lens, presbyopia can also be treated with the new discovery.
Depression Could Affect Your Heart Just As Much As Bad Cholesterol
When thinking of heart attacks, you might assume that the most common causes are smoking, high cholesterol, or obesity. Mental health issues are probably left behind individual concerns. But a new study found out that depression also poses great heart health risk just as other more familiar heart disease contributors.
Artificial Intelligence and LED Can Now Diagnose Cataract
Cataract have been proven to be effectively diagnosed by an artificial intelligence system that scans the eye for the disease. Another new technology that effectively detects cataract at a molecular level is LED.
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