CARIBBEAN 360 – With the prevalence of glaucoma in the region, a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology may provide the proverbial stitch in time that would help save future generations of Caribbean people from the sight-stealing condition.
According to the study by researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, many of the three million Americans currently living with glaucoma may have been able to prevent their disease altogether, if only they had eaten a healthier diet filled with green leafy vegetables.
For the study, scientists looked at the diets and eye examination results of nearly 64,000 women and 41,000 men from 1984 to 2012.
When the study began, participants were at least 40 years old and free from primary open-angle glaucoma — the most common form of the disease.
The researchers divided participants into five groups based on varying levels of consumption of green leafy vegetables (known as dietary nitrates).