Does the presence of AMD increase the risk of cardiovascular disease?
A number of epidemiological studies have now provided fairly convincing evidence that AMD is associated with an increased risk of CVD events, independent of traditional CVD risk factors like smoking and hypertension. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study showed that persons with early AMD had double the risk of incident stroke over 10 years, while those with late AMD (geographic atrophy or neovascularization) had triple the risk of incident coronary heart disease.- Tien Y Wong, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Centre for Eye Research Australia University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital East Melbourne, Australia- More: http://www.visioncareprofessional.com/emails/amdupdate/index.asp?issue=28 

HEART HEALTH UPDATE: IT’S NOT JUST WHAT YOU EAT BUT WHEN

by: Nurse Alice

Many of us have already made a run for the nutrition hills in pursuit of a heart healthy life. We’ve gone as far as changing grandma’s secret Sunday dinner recipes to eat healthier, increasing our activity levels, losing weight, better managing our blood pressure and exchanging sugary drinks for bottled water.

Kudos to these steps in the right direction, however, it ain’t over just yet. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health published by the American Heart Association is showing that it’s not just about what we eat but when we eat that may contribute to an increased risk for heart disease.

In a prospective study conducted over the course of 16 years, the eating times and patterns of 26,902 male health professionals were evaluated to determine if eating patterns played any role in the development of heart disease. All participants were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the beginning of the study and modest differences in diet, physical activity, smoking and other lifestyle factors were considered…..

Read more: http://blackdoctor.org/480657/heart-health-update-its-not-just-what-you-eat-but-when/2/

Source: Black Doctor

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