The Copenhagen Child Cohort 2000 Study used adaptive optics imaging to assess small artery walls in the retinas of over 1200 adolescent volunteers.
The results, published in the Journal of Hypertension, revealed significant associations between retinal artery wall thickening and the proportion of body fat.
“Cardiovascular disease studies can strongly benefit from assessing the walls of small retinal arteries. AO imaging provides micrometer precision, through a noninvasive procedure that is easily repeated in large cohorts and over time.”
Prof. Michael Larsen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Article reference: Laigaard P. P., et al. Retinal arteriolar wall-to-lumen ratios at 16–17 years in the Copenhagen Child Cohort 2000 Study. Journal of Hypertension (2020), doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002329