Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration?
In this monthís e-newsletter, we will be talking about some of the factors that you canít control when reducing the risk of AMD. So, if youíve ever wondered if your age, family history, race or gender are putting you more at risk, please read on and find out if there is something to worry about.
As you might have guessed, age
is the number one risk factor for AMD which is why itís called Age Related Macular Degeneration. As you age, your risk for Macular Degeneration goes up. Your risk increases by 30% for those senior citizens from ages 75-85 years old.
plays a major role in developing Macular Degeneration. In fact, if you have immediate family who have Macular Degeneration, you are at risk for up to 50% of developing Macular Degeneration yourself.
are more at risk than any other race. In fact, AMD is quite rare in other races. It might have something to do with the amount of pigment in the tissues. It is believed that pigment has a protective role in preventing ultraviolet damage and the more pigment you have the more protective it is. Thatís why people with light colored eyes are at greater risk than dark colored eyes.
can also play a role in determining if you are more at risk for AMD. Women are slightly more at risk for this disease. There are two reasons for this. Women who experience an earlier onset of menopause maybe at greater risk since researchers have found a link between estrogen production and AMD. Also, women usually live longer than men and have more time to develop the disease.
Next month, we will talk about how you can take control on reducing the risk of AMD. For those readers who want to ďturn the tablesĒ on Macular Degeneration, next monthís e-newsletter is a must-see.
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