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Is Macular Degeneration Preventable?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • While most people dealing with macular degeneration accept it as a sad reality of aging or genetics, one expert suggests the disease is preventable through dietary changes
  • Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Knobbe, founder and president of the Cure AMD Foundation, asserts the skyrocketing rates of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) worldwide are actually caused by the increased consumption of processed food
  • Knobbe asserts those consuming the most processed food not only develop AMD, but are also more likely to be affected by cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and stroke
  • Because macular degeneration is an irreversible condition, prevention is key; eating a whole food diet, blocking blue light and sleeping in total darkness are a few of the ways you can protect yourself from AMD

An intriguing presentation about the possible link between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and processed food consumption literally caught my eye. As presented in the featured video, ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Knobbe, founder and president of the Cure AMD Foundation, suggests the common assertion macular degeneration is caused by aging or genetics is a mistaken one.

Given the reality macular degeneration has gone from being an extremely rare disorder more than a century ago to one that is found at increasingly alarming rates in developed countries around the world, Knobbe points to higher intakes of processed food — not aging or genetics — as the root cause.


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