Age-Related Macular Degeneration - What Increases Your Risk
The main things that put you at risk (risk factors) for
age-related macular degeneration (AMD) include:
Age greater than 55. Older age is the biggest risk factor for getting AMD. A family
history of the disease. You are much more likely to get AMD if a close relative
has it. Race. Whites appear to have a higher risk than blacks or
Hispanics. Smoking. People who smoke are about twice as likely to
develop AMD than nonsmokers. The risk appears to be higher for people who have
been heavy smokers or who have smoked for a long time. 1
Other risk factors for developing AMD may include:
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Deposits at the back of the eye, called
drusen. Eyes with large, soft drusen deposits are at a
greater risk for developing abnormal blood vessels and wet AMD. A
diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Not getting enough carotenoids, antioxidant vitamins, and zinc in your diet.
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November 12, 2012
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