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Lately, I have been giving a lot more thought to my health, at 41 and out of shape I am definitely feeling my age. But I realized that I didn’t have to, I can do something about it. So I am making a much better effort to take care of myself. That means keeping up with important Dr. visits like mammograms, yearly physicals, eye exams, and screenings. It has meant learning to eat right and making an effort to exercise regularly. Another thing that it has brought is a desire to learn more about hereditary issues and what I can do to reduce my risks, AMD was recently brought to my attention and I wanted to share some more on that with you.
Looking at My Health in My 40’s
Watching a family member struggle with AMD was painful, the fear of losing their sight effected more than just their physical health but mental as well. You may have thought that blindness or ailing vision was not something that you could do anything about. But at least with AMD there are factors that increase your chances of developing it, so eliminating the factors that you can control will reduce your risk. Also, if you do develop AMD, with treatment it can be slowed down, stopped, or even reversed. What I have learned lately is that AMD is common, curable, and preventable.
What are some of the factors that increase your risks?
- Age-55 and older is at the greatest risk
- Cigarette Smoking- This is the most significant also also most modifiable factor, smokers double their chances!
- Elevated Blood Pressure- Anywhere from moderate to severe hypertension increases your risk.
- Race- Caucasians are at greatest risk while African-Americans have the least.
- Dietary Fat Intake-Processed snack foods like chips and french fries are not our friends.
- Sun Exposure-Ultraviolet light exposure damages cells.
What can you do to reduce your risks?
Eliminate the factors that you can- Quitting smoking, reducing your BP with medicines and diet, and reducing your unhealthy fats intake, wearing quality sunglasses when outdoors are all good healthy choices all the way around for us and our health.
Regular Ophthalmologic Exams- For many of us as we age we may need a little help being able to read the print so we have our regular eye exams. But what if your vision is great? It is still important to have your regular eye exams especially over 55, younger if you have a family history.
If you or someone you know has AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) why don’t you download this free packet from Foundation or Fighting Blindness and learn a little more about the disease.