Obesity BMI Macular Degeneration Risk

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Macular Degeneration Risk with Obesity

Obesity and being overweight is a well known risk factor for many systemic diseases and conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other vascular diseases. Recently researchers began evaluating whether there was any association and increased risk of age related eye diseases and obesity.

Research on AMD & Obesity
Researchers reviewing the Beaver Dam Eye Study evaluated the risk of age related eye disease such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) with obesity. They discussed their review in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.  Their data included reports of the results of eye exams that were used to evaluate the presence and severity of cataract and macular degeneration as well as measurements of height and weight over a 15 year period of time. Their findings show that for females who were non smokers, there was indeed and increased risk of early and late stage age related macular degeneration (AMD) with an increasing Body Mass Index (BMI).

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