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Multivitamins Shave Risk of Developing Cataracts

Multivitamins Shave Risk of Developing Cataracts
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Middle-aged male doctors who took a daily multivitamin were less likely to develop cataracts as they grew older, according to the Physicians’ Health Study II.

In this large study, more than 5700 men took a Centrum Silver daily and a similar number took placebo. These volunteers filled out annual questionnaires about their health between 1997 and 2011. Those on the multivitamin lowered their risk of cataracts by 9 percent during that time. The benefit was most apparent among older men, perhaps because their risk of cataracts is highest.

[Ophthalmology, online Nov. 21, 2013]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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