Natural Functional medicine approach to preventing and reversing Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Functional Medicine Approach to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD):
Age Related Macular Degeneration is an inflammatory condition affecting the light sensitive cells in the retina, causing them to degenerate and fail, leading to partial of total blindness. It is one of the more common conditions of older age, and despite what your doctor or optician may tell you, it is both preventable and reversible using a natural Functional Medicine approach.
The retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball, it contains light-sensitive cells and helps us see the world around us. Macular degeneration affects the patient's central vision. Images that used to be clear may start appearing blurred. Eventually, dark spots may appear. These spots typically get progressively bigger. It is like looking at the world through a thick fog...detail and color vision disappear.
The majority of people with macular degeneration find that straight lines become curved or distorted, and colors are darker than they used to be, or less vivid.
People with macular degeneration gradually find it much harder to read, write, and recognize faces and drive. The macula, or macula lutea is an oval shaped yellow spot near the centre of the retina of the eye.
Age Related Macular Degeneration AMD occurs in dry and wet forms
• Dry macular degeneration - this type develops gradually. There is no medical treatment.
• Wet macular degeneration - this type can develop more quickly. Wet macular degeneration is more serious than dry macular degeneration.
Who gets Age Related Macular Degeneration AMD?
According to the NHS (National Health Service, UK), AMD affects:
• 2% of people aged 50+
• 8% of people aged 65+
• 20% of people aged 85+.
People who have a close relative with AMD have a significantly higher risk (50%) of eventually developing it compared to other people
Age Related Macular Degeneration Symptoms
Macular degeneration forms due to inflammation, Inflammation is an adaptive response of the immune system to noxious insults to maintain homeostasis (balance) and restore functionality. The noxious insults damage of interrelated tissues, nerves and cells in the eyes. The most important change to the eyes leading to vision changes is those involving the retina/macula cells. Doctors usually look for changes in retina (RPE) cell functions as an early and crucial marker that macular degeneration is developing. If not halted by addressing the individual root cause the process will cause further degeneration, scar tissue and ultimately blindness.
Causes of Age Related Macular Degeneration
The cause and development of AMD is multi-factorial, involving “a complex interaction of metabolic, functional, genetic and environmental factors.” That is why it is crucial to look at each individual as unique, and assess their “Big Picture of Health”.
Both genetics and non-genetic (environmental diet or lifestyle) factors play major roles in the development of AMD, which means that just because you might have a family history, it doesn’t mean you’re helpless in protecting your vision.
Risk Factors in Age Related Macular Degeneration AMD
• Being over the age of 60. The risk of getting advanced age-related macular degeneration increases from 2 percent for those between the ages of 50–59 to about 30 percent for those over the age of 75.more at risk of developing macular degeneration.
• High cholesterol and/or obesity - a higher percentage of obese people and/or people with high blood cholesterol levels are more likely to develop macular degeneration. Statin drugs used to treat cholesterol contribute to macular degeneration.
• Dietary fat - studies indicate that people who consume low levels of healthy fats, high hydrogenated vegetable oils and high levels of sugar and carbohydrates have a higher risk of developing macular degeneration because sugar is one of the drivers of inflammation.
• Nutritional deficiencies due to a poor diet or absorption/digestive problems. A highly processed diet contributes to accelerated aging and degeneration.
• Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, including markers like high blood pressure and fluctuating blood sugar levels
• Genetic factors or having a family history of vision loss
• Markers of high levels of inflammation and oxidative damage, which causes changes in lipid, angiogenic and extracellular matrix pathway
• UV light damage from too much sunlight exposure
The common denominator between all these risk factors and AMD is inflammation. Inflammation is a cellular response to factors that challenge the homeostasis of cells and tissues. The key to healing AMD is to find and address the underlying triggers to inflammation in each person.
Finding and successfully treating the individual root cause of Age Related Macular Degeneration.
The Health Transformer Approach
Meta Health Screen
In every case of AMD there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now do obvious something has changed for the worst in your system which has led to chronic inflammation and these symptoms. AMD is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To treat AMD effectively and naturally we need to detect and address the root cause which has created the disease creating context and created AMD.
In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Screen and Health Restoration Program.
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