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How to Prevent Macular Degeneration?

How to Prevent Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition of the eyes, in which people experience loss of vision in the center of the visual field. It is usually age-related: the older you get, the more risk you run on getting it.

It is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (+50 years).

These pictures explain it well:

prevent macular degeneration
With normal Vision
The same view with age-related macular degeneration


Now, up until recently it was believed that you could only help this condition by taking supplements and making changes to your diet.

While that strategy is still a very good one, this is also great to know:

Aerobic exercises such as walking and running can prevent macular degeneration.

A 2014 study done on mice shows that moderate aerobic exercise helps to protect the eyes from macular degeneration.


Which makes a lot of sense

To me, that’s just common sense. Exercise and improving bloodflow and oxygenation of the body is healthy. And it is healthy for the whole body. Eyes included.

I doubt if we really needed a study for that. (And I regret that this was done on mice.)


The study

This study involved training a group of mice to run on a treadmill for one hour per day, five days a week. The mice were then exposed to a type of “toxic light” known to cause retinal degeneration.

The findings show that moderate daily exercise can ward off age-related macular degeneration and other types of retinal degeneration.

Dr. Machelle Pardue, the leading researcher in the study, concludes this:

“This is the first report of simple exercise having a direct effect on retinal health and vision. This research may one day lead to tailored exercise regimens or combination therapies in treatments of blinding diseases.”

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Main photo by F Delventhal



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