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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 27, 2007 / 13 Elul, 5767

A clear outlook about AMD

By Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Q: I am a 61-year-old divorced woman, working part-time and the primary caregiver for my 87-year-old mother, who was recently diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). While her doctor mentioned a link between AMD and nutrition as he was leaving the room for another appointment, he didn't tell us much else. Mom's Social Security is less than $600 monthly, and I am scraping to make ends meet. I read your column in our local paper and know that you're not medical writers, but can you find out information on this condition?

A: Until you wrote, we did not realize the impact AMD is making on older Americans. AMD, the leading cause of severe vision loss for people over age 60, gradually destroys the sharp central vision needed for viewing objects clearly and for common daily tasks. In fact, the oldest baby boomers are at risk and should be screened for this disease by their ophthalmologists.

According to Dr. Michael J. Cooney, a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon at the Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York in Manhattan, there are a number of risk factors for AMD, with age being primary. In an interview, Cooney told NextSteps that "30 percent of people over age 70 will have some type of macular degeneration" or signs of it. By the time individuals reach their late 80s or 90s, he said, "we expect to see some type of macular degeneration." And there appears to be a higher rate of AMD and cataracts among women than men, perhaps because women tend to live longer.

Other risk factors include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking (which increases your risk of AMD fourfold), family history, high cholesterol, vascular disease, obesity, prolonged periods of sunlight exposure and, the question you asked about, inadequate nutrition. According to a landmark trial called The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) released in 2001 by the National Eye Institute, there is a link between nutrition and eye health, and high quantities of the antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E — plus zinc) may retard the progression of macular degeneration.

Some studies suggest that those who follow diets rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin have a lower risk of developing AMD. Lutein can be found in yellow peppers, mango, bilberries and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, chard and broccoli. Zeaxanthin can be found in orange sweet peppers, broccoli, corn, lettuce (not iceberg), spinach, tangerines, oranges and eggs.

Vitamins A, C and E are found in various fruits (such as oranges, kiwis, grapefruit and dried apricots) and also in green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, peppers and raw carrots. They can also be found in nuts, seeds, dairy products and eggs.

However, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, some 62 percent of Americans do not consume any whole fruit servings on a daily basis, and 25 percent of the survey participants reported eating no daily servings of vegetables. And most Americans don't eat enough fatty fish — such as mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies and salmon — which contain omega-3s, also important to eye health.

Since a balanced diet, then, is the first step toward eye health, you should try to watch your mother's diet carefully and also attempt to decrease or eliminate other AMD risk factors that she might have. And for those whose diets are deficient in the suggested areas, whose bodies do not adequately absorb vitamins and minerals, or whose physician recommends it, there are eye-specific supplements in pill form on the market, including Ocuvite by Bausch & Lomb.

Taking the NextStep: According to Cooney, supplements under the watchful guidance of medical professionals may even help reduce or prevent AMD in younger generations in some circumstances. For more information, visit www.dontlosesight.org.

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JAN L. WARNER received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Legal Letters (L.L.M.) in Taxation from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a frequent lecturer at legal education and public information programs throughout the United States. His articles have been published in national and state legal publications. Jan Collins began co-authoring Flying SoloŽ in 1989. She has more than 27 years of experience as a journalist, writer, and editor. To comment or ask a question, please click here.


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