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Eye Health May Affect Bone Health

According to new research, bone health may be linked to eye health.  Researchers followed 116,000 older people for 6 years, half of whom had cataracts. About 40% of those with cataracts had surgery to remove them.  Participants whose cataracts were untreated were two times more likely to develop osteoporosis compared to those without cataracts. They also had a 30% higher risk of hip fracture and a 60% increased risk of other fractures.  Vision issues caused by cataracts may contribute to the development of osteoporosis by limiting physical activity and reducing mobility and postural stability. Impaired vision also can lead to more falls.

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