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Age Related Macular Degeneration

Chinese Medicine Discovers the Solution
By Dr. Dongxun Zhang D. AOM, L. Ac.
Published with permission of the Austin MD Magazine May/June 2014

Macular degeneration of the eyes mostly occurs as part of the aging process, hence its full name, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in the aging population. The disease affects the macula, a small spot near the center of the eye where our sharpest central vision occurs. The macula allows us to read, identify faces, watch television, safely navigate stairs, drive, and perform countless daily tasks. A person suffering from AMD would see dim images or black holes at the center of vision and be left with only their surrounding or peripheral vision.

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Increase your longevity with these habits

There are several scientifically-backed ways to increase your lifespan. Start out by turning off the TV and getting off the couch. Those who watch four hours of TV or more each day have a 50 percent higher chance of dying of any cause than those who watch less than two hours. Instead, spend time exercising or meditating. Both of these activities, when performed regularly, are associated with a longer lifespan. Another habit that increases the risk of dying? Eating too much red or processed meat. Skip the lunch meat and cut back on the burgers and steaks. In their place, snack on nuts, which are shown to lower risk of death.


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Exercise is essential for healthy aging

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Extra weight may be a plus for older adults

The term “overweight” is generally thought of in an unhealthy light, but new research reveals that may not be the case for older adults. The study looked at the risk of death among older adults relative to their BMIs. It found the lowest mortality risk among those with a BMI around 27.5, which is considered overweight. By contrast, those with a weight considered normal with a BMI between 20 and 23 were more likely to die. The research showed that 23 to 33 appears to be the best range when it comes to reducing risk of death. This conflicts with the recommended BMI of 18.5 to 25.


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Muscle mass tied to increased lifespan

Having more muscle may decrease your risk of dying, according to a new study that analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994. Researchers took information on total muscle mass gathered between these years and compared it to a follow-up in 2004 that looked at how many participants had died. They found that those with the highest muscle mass were least likely to have passed away. This shows an association between muscle and death, not cause and effect. However, it does suggest that body composition is more accurate for determining overall health than just BMI, which measures height and weight.


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