It has been long suspected that high cholesterol levels maybe associated with a chronic blepharitis condition called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). A new clinical research study shows there is a positive correlation between high cholesterol levels and meibomian gland dysfunction.
High cholesterol levels have long been suspected to be associated with all kinds of heart diseases such as stroke, and heart attack. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can be used as an early indicator for cardiovascular disease and severe chronic dry eye disease in middle aged and younger people.
The researchers in this study are eye doctors. They chose only people from 18-54 years old with appropriate controls. They concluded that total cholesterol levels of in people with meibomian gland dysfucntion was significantly linked to higher blood levels of total cholesterol greater than 210 mg/dl. Likewise, MGD was found to be significantly associated with increased blood levels of LDL (Low Density Cholesterol) and HDL (High Density Cholesterol)
Ideal Goals for Cholesterol Levels:
Total cholesterol <than 200 mg/dl
HDL- good cholesterol >60mg/dl .
LDL- bad cholesterol –<100 mg/dl.
TheraLife Eye can help you recover from meibomian gland dysfunction by restoring normal functions to your tear secretion glands while you try to get your cholesterol levels into normal levels.
Read more about how to lower your cholesterol levels in the next blog posting.
Abstract from a Scientific Poster at: the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (PO 330), October 16–19, 2010, Chicago, Illinois.