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C-Reactive Protein Levels in Blood Linked to Eye Disease

Age-related macular degeneration is a vision problem that occurs when the retina at the back of the eye deteriorates over time.  It causes loss of sharp vision and potential complete vision loss.  Researchers in the Netherlands have found that elevated levels of C-reactive protein in blood appear to be associated with age-related macular degeneration.  Researchers are hopeful that  reducing the levels of C-reactive protein in the blood could decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

C-reactive protein is an indicator of inflammation.  Inflammation appears to contribute to age-related macular degeneration.  To date, there is no known way to stop C-reactive protein production.  However, it is known that smoking and obesity increase levels of C-reactive protein. Consuming foods with a low glycemic index, statin medications, and multivitamin use reduce C-reactive protein.  Ask your doctor if you should have your blood tested. By lowering your C-reactive protein levels, it appears that you may help improve your health and save your sight!

 

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