Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD, is the one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are 65 years and older. After reading this article you can get to know about some ways through which you can develop your vision as you grow older.
Macular Degeneration (AMD) is considered to be the most common type of degenerative change within our eyes. This change takes place as we grow older. It is on account of this process that the middle of the back of the eye or your retina tends to degenerate that causes you to have difficulty in seeing, especially at night. Fortunately, you can prevent these changes from taking place.
Anti aging is a science through which you can prevent degenerative changes from taking place in your body. We all are aware that in order to improve our health we must enjoy a high and healthy quality of life. But it might not be known to you that such a life can also improve your vision.
Julie A. Mares, from the University of Wisconsin (Wisconsin, USA) and her colleagues recently found out that there was a possible relation between lifestylebehaviors of diet, smoking, and physical activity and the subsequentprevalence of age-related macular degeneration. The team analyzed data from the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS), an ancillary study associated with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), involving 1,313 women, ages 55 to 74 years. This was aimed to evaluate the role of carotenoid compounds in age-related eye diseases.
The study found out that when compared to sedentary smokers and people who survived on a lot of fatty processed foods, people who lead a helthy lifestyle are found to have a 71% decreased risk of developing AMD. The study was conducted over a span of 6 long years and special photographs were also taken of the subjects’ retinas to judge the presence and severity of AMD. The study found out that leading this healthy lifestyle lead in a 3-fold lowers risk for advanced AMD in a person’s lifetime.
Apart from this there is something else that can help you reduce the risks of AMD. High concentrations of omega-3s have been found in the eye’s retina. There is also increasing evidence that this nutrient has a great benefit to the eye’s health. A recent study by Sheila K. West from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Maryland, USA), and colleagues engaged 2520 Maryland residents, ages 65 to 84 years, to participate in a study assessing the role of a diet rich in fish and seafood, on AMD onset and progression.Â The team studied 1,942 subjects for fish and shellfish consumption over a one-year period, and assessed participants for AMD.
They found that people having advanced AMD consumed omega 3 fish and seafood in lesser amounts. Fish/shellfish therefore seem to have a protective effect against advanced AMD.
In case you are unable to eat enough amounts of fish everyday, you can consider taking an Omega 3 supplement. . The recommended amount to help decrease heart disease and to decrease AMD is over 950 mg a day of DHA and EPA free fatty acids. Of the market led supplements, you must ensure that you get a high quality brand for yourself.
Many people avoid taking the supplements because there is a fishy taste that burp up and therefore the solution is that put the capsules in a freezer and this will reduce the fishy after taste. Omegas are also good for your heart and your brain.
Another action you can take to decrease your risk of macular degeneration is hormone therapy. Estrogen supplementation is one of the best preventers of AMD known.
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