Researchers have found ways in reducing the risk of glaucoma. Drinking a cup of hot tea once in a day reduces glaucoma in individuals.
Glaucoma is an eye disease which damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss. It damages the optic nerve by forming a fluid pressure inside the eye. There are 57.5 million people with glaucoma in world and the count may increase to 65.5 million by 2020.
The study, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, conducting experiments among people who consumed tea and those who did not, and noted that those who consumed tea at least once a day had lower risk of Glaucoma than those who did not drink tea.
Among the 1678 participants who had full eye test results, including photos, 84 (5%) adults had developed the condition.
As tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and neuro protective chemicals. These associated with a lower risk of serious health conditions including heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.
Lead author Anne Coleman, said that the new findings have shown that lifestyle changes can also prevent vision loss from Glaucoma.
She went on to add. “Further research needed to establish the importance of these findings.”
Lowered risk of including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Glucoma
The researchers used that data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), situated in the United States. It represents annual survey of about 10,000 people to study the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the country.
The survey also included tests for Glaucoma, in which 5 percent adults out of 1,678 participants had developed the disease. Researchers observed hot tea drinkers had 74 per cent less chances of suffering from Glaucoma.
Since the study is observational, no firm associations drawn about cause and effect.
The study group was relatively small, and the information on when glaucoma had been diagnosed was also unavailable.