Walking Gives Relief to Glaucoma Sufferers

Dr. David J. Palmer, speaking before a Northwestern Memorial Healthy Transitions Program® said that walking just 30 minutes reduces pressure in the eyes by several points.


I have written about the Healthy Transitions program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital a number of times here. Dr. Palmer is a clinical assistant professor at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He was discussing maintaining and preserving vision to a group of folks over 55.

I have also discussed the value of exercise in general and walking in particular several times for the blog so this was wonderful news to me. To learn more about the benefits of walking check out these blog items: The benefits of walking and bicycle riding, walking not sudoku for seniors, national start walking day.

To reiterate: one of the benefits of walking is that it increases blood flow to the brain. Lead researcher Rong Zhang, of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, explained in a news release from the American Physiological Society, that it is not known if increasing blood flow to the brain can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but there is strong evidence to suggest that cardiovascular risk is tied to the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Wendy Baumbartner, writing for About.com, “Dr. Michael Passo of Oregon Health Sciences University (this is in my neck of the woods) has found that starting a walking program lowered the intraocular pressure of 40 sedentary individuals, which decreased their risk of glaucoma. He has found that exercise also lowers the pressure for those with glaucoma. Walk for sight!”


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