Macular Degeneration Worsens with Obesity

A new study releaed at the Royal Institute of the Bling (RNIB) supports other studies that show macular degeneration can worsen with obesity.

Statistics indicate that approximately 30 percent of adults over 75 have some degree of macular degeneration.  In the United States, more than 1.6 million people over the age of 60 have advanced macular degeneration.

The study conducted by the British researchers and researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found that people who were overweight were twice as likely to have their macular degeneration progress to the advanced form of the eye disease.  The research from Boston followed 260 patients over the age of 60 during a 4.5 year period.

The study also showed that people who were involved in vigorous exercise at least three times a week had a 25 percent reduction in their risk of having their macular degeneration worsen.

This study demonstrates that to lower the risks associated with this eye disease, people have to lead more healthy lifestyles, especially if they are in a high risk category of being diagnosed with macular degeneration.