What Does Inflammation Have To Do With Macular Degeneration?
According to Dr. Michael Samuels, ophthalmologist and author of Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families
, "Modern research into age related macular degeneration has found that inflammation plays a clear role in the development of the dry form of this disease."
Now, if you have the wet form, you may think that this information does not apply to you. But, in fact, chronic inflammation plays a role in many other diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers.
The two forms of inflammation are acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation occurs when there is a sudden illness or injury to the body - like the flu or a torn ligament. The body responds by making and sending cells that fight the disease or build and repair injured tissue. A mechanism of of several inflammatory responses occur - like fever, swelling, or redness.
Chronic inflammation is a slow and ongoing response of the body whose immune system is constantly "on" and fighting, even when there is no imminent danger.
You all know about anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. So why not just take these drugs to control chronic inflammation? These drugs, although they are over the counter, still have some serious side effects.
The best way to reduce chronic inflammation is through diet - by including certain foods and by staying away from harmful foods.
Good Fats and Bad Fats
Did you know that fats can either promote inflammation or fight inflammation? The fats to stay away from are:
Partially hydrogenated oils
Likewise sugar and refined flours are pro-inflammatory while whole grained flours and foods low in the glycemic index are anti-inflammatory.
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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN
Better Health for Better Vision