Lack of exercise can increase eye disorder risk

Heavy smoking, poor diet and lack of physical exercise potentially contribute to development of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a blinding disorder, especially in those genetically predisposed.

Heavy smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise can put you at increased risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), especially if you have a family history of the blinding eye disorder, says a new study.
The findings suggest that genetic and lifestyle factors may contribute to AMD in a synergistic way.
“If you have a family history of AMD, the good news is that the study findings suggest that there are things you can do to potentially lower your risk of developing AMD yourself,” said one of the Lead Researchers Julie A. Mares from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.
The researchers studied the risk among women aged 50 to 79 years. The researchers evaluated the diet and exercise patterns of 1663 women and categorised them into lowest, moderate and highest-risk groups.
They also evaluated whether the women smoked and, if so, how many years they smoked a pack of cigarettes or more each day.
They also assessed genetic data from the women to determine whether they carried known genetic risk factors for AMD………
Source: Indian Express