November 14, 2018
Macular Degeneration on the Decline
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Macular Degeneration on the Decline

by Berkeley Wellness  

The incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss, has been decreasing dramatically in recent generations, according to an NIH-sponsored study in JAMA Ophthalmology.

When researchers analyzed long-term data for 4,819 residents of Beaver Dam, Wisc., they found that baby boomers were 60 percent less likely to develop AMD than their parents at the same ages, and that their parents were 60 percent less likely to have developed it than the previous generation.

The reason for the decline in AMD is unclear, but the researchers suggested that it has parallels with declines in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and dementia, which all involve inflammation and vascular health.

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