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Patients with specific types of lipids may be at higher risk of developing blinding eye disease

June 13, 2023

Louis Pasquale, Mount Sinai Health System, and collaborators Oana Zeleznik and Jae Kang,  Harvard University, discovered that lipid metabolism is dysregulated in and associated with primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma.

Based on data from thousands of study participants, the researchers found that higher levels of two lipids—diglycerides (DGs) and triglycerides (TGs)—were associated with an increased risk of glaucoma. The findings of high TGs and high DGs and glaucoma raise questions about whether statin use could correct dyslipidemia and lower the risk of glaucoma.