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Three Top Risk Factors for AMD
September 29, 2015

Three Top Risk Factors for AMD

"Three main risk factors for age-related macular degeneration — smoking, exposure to light, and inflammation — are all associated with local activation of macrophages ... they lead to an increase in photochemically damaged lipids and proteins to induce apoptosis (cell death) of Retinal Pigment Epithelial cells and photoreceptors. "

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Paulus T.V.M. de Jong, M.D., Ph.D.

N Engl J Med 2006; 355:1474-1485 October 5, 2006

Preventing Macular Degeneration

There are some risk factors for AMD that we can't control, like the genes we inherit, whether we are male or female, and most certainly we can't stop ourselves from aging. Likewise there are risk factors that we can control or minimize - such as quitting smoking, adding more exercise or reducing chronic inflammation.

Just like many of you with family histories of AMD, my husband and I are concerned about developing this retinal disease in our own eyes.

Find out some ways you or your family members can reduce your risk for developing age related macular degeneration here:

Macular Degeneration - Can It Be Prevented?

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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