The article explains that vision impairment is strongly linked to a higher risk of fractures, which is a potentially fatal issue for older adults. Vision is critical for posture, balance, and stability.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 12, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that confirmed the notion that cataracts appear to help prevent hip fractures as chronicled in a health breakthrough report in the Journal of the American Medical Associated.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/vision-articles/fixing-vision-could-prevent-hip-fractures), the study found that Medicare patients over 65 years old who underwent cataract surgery had lower odds of hip fracture one year later than those patients with cataracts who did not have surgery.
The article explains that vision impairment is strongly linked to a higher risk of fractures, which is a potentially fatal issue for older adults. Vision is critical for posture, balance, and stability. But cataracts disrupt vision and are linked to postural instability. Plus, cataracts are the most common cause of fracture-related vision impairment. Despite all this, only a limited number of studies have examined the influence of cataracts surgery on fall incidents in visually impaired adults.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that between 2002 and 2009, more than 1,100,000 Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older developed cataracts in the study sample. Of patients with cataracts, 37.0% had the surgery during the study period. In this period, the overall one-year hip fracture rate was 1.3% (or 14,000 people).
The study found that cataract surgery delivered a 16.0% lower risk of damaging hip fracture. In patients with severe cataract, the association between surgery and lower odds of hip fracture was even stronger at 23.0%. Of those who had a fracture, 12.0% had osteoporosis.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that, essentially, the researchers suggest that electing to get cataract surgery may be linked to lower odds of suffering a bone fracture for older adults in the U.S. Future studies will help better understand this link and perhaps cement the issue.
Cataract surgery is a cost-effective intervention for visual improvement. Not only could it improve one’s quality of life considerably, but evidently, it may also shield older adults from a fall that could shatter a hip.
(SOURCE: JAMA, 2012; 308: 493–501.)
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