Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and vision loss in the developed world, accounting for more than 50% of all vision loss in the United States. If you or a loved one have received this diagnosis, you probably have questions.
AMD is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. You need central vision to see objects clearly and to do tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces.
AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to die. There are two types of Macular Degeneration, dry AMD (Atrophic) and the more serious type, wet AMD (Neovascular).
Accounts for 80-90% of all cases of AMD. In dry AMD small white or yellow deposits form on the retina underneath the macula. These deposits are called Most AMD begins as the dry type and in some cases progresses to the wet type. There are three stages of dry AMD:
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The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and if you are like many of us, you are setting new goals to be healthier in 2018. Getting more exercise, eating better, and taking a daily multivitamin are great ways to help achieve your wellness goals.
Ask any doctor, and they will tell you that ideally, we would get all our nutrients from the food that we consume. But unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, is seriously lacking in many of the micronutrients essential to our health. According to criteria set by The Institute of Medicine, more than 90% of Americans get less than the estimated average requirement for Vitamin D, E and A from food. And many seniors are unable to fully absorb the necessary amount of B12 from food. Deficiencies in many micronutrients may lead to DNA damage causing or accelerating age-related conditions such as certain types of cancer, heart disease and vision loss.
Some of the most commonly deficient micronutrients and the consequences of those deficiencies are: Continue reading New Year, New You in 2018
Lutein + Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Randomized Clinical Trial
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication authored by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group. Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, accounts for more than 50% of all blindness in the United States. Although intraocular drugs that inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor are currently available for treatment of neovascular AMD, no effective therapies are proven for atrophic AMD.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) demonstrated that daily oral supplementation with antioxidant vitamins and minerals reduced the risk of developing advanced AMD by 25% at 5 years. Observational studies suggest that higher dietary intake of lutein + zeaxanthin, omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid, or both are associated with a decreased risk of developing advanced AMD. Continue reading Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affecting You?
Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC, (“Doctor’s Advantage”) would like to update you regarding product modifications with two of our products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin. As you know, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (“AREDS 2”) showed that a daily nutritional supplement containing a unique formulation of high-dose ingredients can possibly slow the progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (“ARMD”) and may even reduce the risk of developing advanced ARMD.
Our macular degeneration products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin both contain AREDS 2 ingredients. The AREDS 2 study also analyzed the ingredient zinc between dosages of 25 mg and 80 mg. Currently, our products contain 80 mg of zinc. The AREDS 2 study revealed that 25 mg of zinc may be as beneficial as 80 mg of zinc. Other studies suggest that certain side effects may occur with high dose zinc supplementation, which include the following: Continue reading We’ve Updated Our Formula
“I’m going to get healthy this year is a common New Years Resolution for many of us. Exercising regularly and eating healthy food is a great start, but give yourself some extra help with Doctor’s Advantage Daily Shield Multivitamin. As an extra bonus, we are offering a Buy 1 – Get 1 FREE promotion on our Daily Shield Multivitamin supplement through March 31st, 2016.”
Nutrition and Health
Research shows us that maintaining health and wellness, including optimal vision is now possible with nutritional supplementation, diet and other lifestyle modifications. Unfortunately, most American adults are following the “Standard American Diet” (S.A.D.) which is nutritionally deficient, high-calorie and has too much sugar. The S.A.D. promotes the body’s need for a pharmaceutical grade scientifically designed multivitamin that provides the vital nutrients needed for anti-aging, optimal health and wellness.
When it comes to multivitamin dietary supplements, there are numerous choices. Generally speaking, however, most are lacking in the therapeutic ingredient dosage and the quality is insufficient to provide significant health benefits. Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Multivitamin