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Risk factors for macular degeneration

Posted by on 4:51 pm Eye Health, Inflammation | 0 comments


Inflammation is also a risk factor for macular degeneration. This should not be a surprise since other chronic conditions are also inflammatory driven.

The etiology of age-related macular degeneration is not fully understood. However, a lot of evidence indicates the association of CRP (an inflammatory marker) in the development of macular degeneration (Colak E, et al. 2012).

Inflammation and CRP are involved in endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress and production of reactive oxygen species in patients with macular degeneration.

It’s not only CRP that is involved, but also IL-6, which is another marker of inflammation (Seddon JM, et al. 2005).

The first thing you should do to help prevent macular degeneration is to make changes to your diet because that can be a very effective strategy to reduce inflammation.

A high nutrient, low glycemic index diet, preferably plant based, is your best choice.

 

Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.

 

Colak E1, Majkic-Singh N, Zoric L, Radosavljevic A, Kosanovic-Jakovic N. The role of CRP and inflammation in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration. Biochem Med (Zagreb). 2012;22(1):39-48.
Seddon JM1, George S, Rosner B, Rifai N. Progression of age-related macular degeneration: prospective assessment of C-reactive protein, interleukin 6, and other cardiovascular biomarkers. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Jun;123(6):774-82.

Tomatoes Influence Breast Cancer Risk

Posted by on 12:37 pm BMJ Formula, Breast cancer, Cancer, Eating, Eye Health, Stay healthy, Wellness, Women, Womens health | 0 comments

You have probably heard that tomatoes are good for your eyes because of an antioxidant called lycopene. Did you know that tomatoes can make a difference with breast cancer risk? The reviewed research investigated just that (Llanos AA, et al. 2014).

Add tomatoes and fight breast cancer70 postmenopausal women at increased risk for breast cancer participated in the study. Their average age was 57.2 years. First they consumed a tomato-based diet which included at least 25 mg of lycopene daily for 10 weeks, and later they consumed a soy-based diet for 10 weeks which included at least 40 g of soy protein daily. The women were also tested for adiponectin and two other hormones.

Other research has documented a decreased risk for several types of cancers, including breast cancer when adiponectin is increasing(Kishida K, et Al. 2014).

When the subjects consumed the tomato-based diet, it was found that the adiponectin concentration increased. This indicates that tomato-based food is especially beneficial for women who are at higher risk for postmenopausal breast cancer. Don’t forget that tomatoes are beneficial for other things – especially your eyes!

 

 

 

 

Llanos AA1, Peng J, Pennell ML, Krok JL, Vitolins MZ, Degraffinreid CR, Paskett ED. Effects of tomato and soy on serum adipokine concentrations in postmenopausal women at increased breast cancer risk: a cross-over dietary intervention trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Feb;99(2):625-32. doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-3222. Epub 2014 Jan 1.
Kishida K1, Funahashi T2, Shimomura I3. Adiponectin as a routine clinical biomarker. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Jan;28(1):119-30. doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2013.08.006. Epub 2013 Aug 20.