Cataracts and Cholesterol

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Story Updated: Aug 16, 2012

Is there a connection between cataracts...and your cholesterol medicine?

New research suggests there may be.

A study, appearing in the journal Optometry and Vision Science , analyzed nearly 64-hundred patients who visited an optometry clinic in Canada.

The team evaluated both diabetes and statin treatment as possible risk factors for age-related cataracts.

Statin use was common among the group...with 56-percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes taking statin drugs and another 16-percent without diabetes taking the cholesterol lowering medication.

Both diabetes and statin use were significantly associated with an increased rate of age-related cataracts.

The team evaluated both diabetes and statin treatment as possible risk factors for age related cataracts.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV...with the news doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.

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