Here is a list of the risk factors associated with ARMD--as you can see, there are some things you can control and some you can't. We'll talk about prevention and treatment in our next blog!
AGE: As the name implies, it is an age related disease! We can't stop the march of time and ARMD usually occurs in people over the age of 60.
SMOKING: Research shows that smoking increases the risk of ARMD by up to 50%!
RACE: Caucasions are much more likely to get ARMD than other races.
FAMILY HISTORY: People with a family history of ARMD are at higher risk.
OVERALL HEALTH: People with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and are severely overweight are at increased risk of developing ARMD.
GENDER: Women are more likely to get ARMD than men
UV EXPOSURE: There is variable research that UV contributes to the development of AMD