Fewer Cataracts for Runners and Walkers
Los Angeles, CA – 05/22/2013—There may beanother benefit to running that people don’t usually think of. Running maylower the risk of developing cataracts, which is known as clouding of the eyelens.
A recent article in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Dr. Paul Williamsdescribes findings from a long-term National Runners Health Study. In more than32,000 and 14,000 walkers studied it was found that the more running or walkinga person did, the less likely a cataract diagnosis was. The risk reduction wasequal between men and women.
However, the runners in the study had less riskof developing cataracts than the walkers due to the simple reason that it’seasier to measure a given amount of METs when running than when walking.