My Macular Degeneration

I had my eyes checked recently. Because I have a bit of Macular Degeneration happening in my right eye, I get it checked every 6 months. I am happy to report that there has been no change since January 2009. It was discovered in October 2007, but it wasn’t until 2009 that I doubled my intake of USANA’s Vision X. As you can see from the study below, it has been found that 6 mg of Lutein can reduce the risk of AMD. I now take 10.6 mg’s of Lutein by taking the Essentials along with Vision X.

I am so grateful for the gift of sight. I believe USANA is buying me more time to see all the beauty in the world.

My Optomitrist also recommended Orange peppers, which are loaded with Zeazanthin, another AMD fighter. Also lots of green veggies, like Kale and spinich. Last night I ate (can’t say I enjoyed) beet greens.  🙂

Take care of your eyes my friends.

Macular Degeneration risk is reduced in adults with high intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease that causes damage to the macula (central retina) of the eye, impairing central vision. In a recent large study, participants with the highest intakes of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin had significantly lower risk of AMD compared to those with low intakes.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease that causes damage to the macula (central retina) of the eye, impairing central vision. People affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration have difficulty reading, driving and performing activities that require clear central vision. AMD is the most common cause of vision loss in developed countries.

A recent report published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology added more evidence to support previous research showing that carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein are protective against AMD. Dark green leafy vegetables are the primary dietary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, but they are also found in some other colorful fruits and vegetables. Average dietary intake in the U.S. is only 2 mg/day, far below the 6 mg/day level most studies indicate as a minimum needed to reduce the risk of AMD.

In the current report, members of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Research Group evaluated the diets of 4,519 AREDS participants aged 60 to 80 years. Retinal photographs were used to divide the subjects into five categories of macular disease severity, from individuals with little or no evidence of macular degeneration (the control group) to severe, neovascular disease. Dietary questionnaires were analyzed for lutein, zeaxanthin, beta- carotene, lycopene, and other nutrient levels.

Participants whose intake of lutein and zeaxanthin were greatest had a significantly lower risk of AMD than those whose intake was least, and were less likely to have large or extensive intermediate drusen, the deposits on the retina or optic nerve that characterize the disease. No risk reductions were associated with the other nutrients examined in this study.

The Relationship of Dietary Carotenoid and Vitamin A, E, and C Intake With Age-Related Macular Degeneration in a Case-Control Study: AREDS Report No. 22. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125:1225-1232

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Be Well

Ken Waite
http://www.Click2Health.usana.com

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