Funny now the way we see the world changes as we get older. While wisdom gives us a certain amount of clarity in the way we figuratively look at things, what we’re literally seeing with our eyes gets fuzzier and fuzzier as time goes by.
It’s normal for your eyesight to wane a bit as you age; but if you have a more serious condition like age-related macular degeneration, it can lead to total blindness.
And since you’re not done looking at the world yet, you’ll probably try any AMD treatment they throw your way. But here’s one you SHOULDN’T fall for: Scientists want seniors facing the “dry” form of AMD to take high doses of statin drugs.
Supposedly, statins can break up the fatty deposits below the retina that mark the condition; but in a recent study, the drugs only worked in 10 of the 23 patients in the study. And for it to work at all, they had to take extremely high doses for 12 to 18 months… and even when the statins actually did break up those deposits, their vision improved only slightly.
That little bit of improvement in less than half of the patients could pose real risks. In fact, those drugs may wreck the very vision you’re trying to save!
Statins are already proven to cause cataracts, increasing the risk of the condition by more than a quarter.
But at least cataracts are treatable. However, statins can also cause diabetes, which is like a wrecking ball aimed at your eyeball. Diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness in America, with five million Americans facing at least some degree of vision loss due to this condition.
Fortunately, you don’t have to risk the side effects of statins — because a blend of zinc and vision-protecting antioxidants is a safe, natural and highly effective way to slow or even stop dry AMD…up to a point.
There is a “point of no return” with AMD, so the key is to catch it early. Speak to a naturopathic doc now about getting started on those supplements right away.