According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation—“There are no known ways of preventing glaucoma.”
But Dr. Fred Pescatore couldn’t disagree more.
In fact—in his Ageless Vision Protocol—Dr. Pescatore cites an exciting new study that found one simple exercise can significantly reduce your risk of glaucoma: Walking.
This study relied on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which specifically focused on physical activity—and in this case, walking was measured by speed and number of steps.
The researchers found that the magic number was 7,000 steps daily—in other words, the equivalent of 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity, five days a week
And, well, let’s just say that, for a disease that supposedly “can’t be prevented,” regular exercise made a pretty big difference.
In fact, the results showed that every 10-minute increase in weekly moderate-to-vigorous exercise duration correlated to a whopping 25 percent drop in glaucoma risk.
Ultimately, the most physically active subjects in this study had a 73 percent lower risk of glaucoma than their sedentary counterparts. Which is to say, any exercise is good. But the longer and harder you work out, the bigger the benefit to your eyes.
And this is far from the only study linking exercise and glaucoma…
Already have glaucoma? A daily walk can benefit you too
If you already have glaucoma, Dr. Pescatore stresses that frequent walks can benefit you as well.
He singles out a study from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. When the Wilmer team studied 141 glaucoma patients, they discovered that walking actually slowed the rate at which the patients lost their eyesight—or “visual field.”
Specifically, they concluded that adding 2.6 hours of physical activity per week reduced loss of visual field by 10 percent. And this included any type of daily non-sedentary activity.
These results were confirmed in a Spanish study where high-intensity exercise reduced intraocular pressure. Dr. Pescatore explains that this pressure of fluid inside the eye damages the optic nerve—a primary factor in the development and worsening of glaucoma.
But high-intensity exercise may not be necessary. According to a study in the Journal of Glaucoma, a brisk, 20-minute walk reduces intraocular pressure by 9 percent.
“Let’s face it,” Dr. Pescatore says, “there’s not much that a daily walk can’t do for your health. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day, at a good pace—in the mornings, after dinner, or whenever you can fit it in—will do wonders for your vision.”
You can learn more about glaucoma prevention in Dr. Pescatore’s Ageless Vision Protocol, which also includes many insider tips for preventing AMD, cataracts, and other vison-stealing conditions.
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