There are two forms of macular degeneration, dry and wet. But Advanced Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the worst. This is where there is an abnormal growth of blood vessels that affect the light sensing part of the retina. It results from an overactive immune response to inflammation.
Vitamin D fights inflammation and slows the growth of new blood bessels in the retina. It's known that low levels of Vitamin D can increase your risk of AMD by between 1.5 times and 2.5 times. If you are genetically predisposed to AMD, low levels of Vitamin D will up your odds by 670%. Proper doses of Vitamin D can decrease your risk by up to 50%.
Some other recommended supplements include Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega fatty acids and high dose intravenous Vitamin C. All of these have have some research showing how they can help prevent AMD.
If you are interested in having your Vitamin D levels tested or would like to have a supplement regimen with adequate dosing put together for your health needs, call us today at 806-355-8263 or go online to schedule an appointment. We'd love to help you feel your best!