Vitamin D and age-related macular degeneration

Eye Health

By pH health care professionals

If seeing is believing, then you’re going to want to see what researchers found out about the link between vitamin D and your vision. After analyzing 11 studies, they found a link between lower levels of vitamin D and macular degeneration. Their findings were published in Maturitasa European menopause journal.

But what is macular degeneration exactly?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that is actually the leading cause of vision loss, affecting over 10 million Americans. This vision loss is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, known as the macula, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. It controls your ability to read, drive, recognize faces or colors, and see finer details, the foundation explains.

The causes of age-related macular degeneration are not conclusively known, the foundation says, though environmental and genetic factors may play a part. However, you can still be proactive.

How can vitamin D help you be proactive for your vision?

Researchers in the Maturitas study pointed out that vitamin D may be involved in eye health and function, and keeping your vitamin D levels up may help you be proactive. Their analysis revealed that high levels of vitamin D in the body are associated with less age-related macular degeneration. Lower levels (under 50 nmol/L) are associated with late-stage age-related macular degeneration.

In conclusion? Higher vitamin D levels may be protective of your vision!

You can get vitamin D from:

-Sun exposure

-Fatty fishes like salmon and swordfish, egg yolks, fortified dairy products like milk and yogurt, and fortified cereals

-Supplements including vitamin D topical creams, drops, sprays and pills

Test, don’t guess

Are you deficient in vitamin D? Are you getting enough on a day-to-day basis? Do you need to supplement and if so, how much?

These are all smart, proactive questions, and the best way to answer them is with a simple lab test. Your insurance plan may cover your pH Nutrition test, which comes with a color-coded, consumer-friendly report. Our doctors will go over the results with you and tell you what you need to do to optimize your vitamin levels so you can enjoy your best health yet. Click here.

 Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

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