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!
Author Gerald M. Parker, D.O. Dr. Parker has been practicing as a Doctor of Osteopathy for over 30 years in the Amarillo area. He specializes in treating allergies, atherosclerosis, hormones, pain, obesity, and strokes. Dr. Parker has had ample training in the field of stem cell therapy and completed module I and II workshops by the American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians. He is a member of various organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic College of Pain Management and Sclerotherapy, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and American College of Regenerative Medicine. He’s received recognition as a Physician of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Physician’s Advisory Board and is on Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the World” and “Who’s Who in Medicine” list. Dr. Parker has shared his expertise on TV shows, such as “The Today Show,” and “That’s Incredible.”