As people age, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) becomes increasingly prevalent among seniors. So is there a way in which we can prevent it?
A study was done by Dr. Julie Mares of the University of Wisconsin. She told Reuters Health that, “Exercise and diet were each linked to a lower risk of age-related degenerative changes in the eyes, but both combined, along with a lack of smoking, caused a particularly profound lowering of the risk — by more than 70 percent.”
“AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessel growth behind the retina or a breakdown of light-sensitive cells within the retina itself, both of which can lead to serious vision impairment.”
There isn’t a cure for AMD yet, but the U.S. government conducted a clinical trial that mixed different antioxidants, vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and zinc, and saw that the AMD process can be slowed.
Dr. Mares suggest that the diet and exercise can have a combining effect on eyesight going into old age.
You can read more about this interesting study here.