|Bad Habits I Can Live Without|
Some things you are doing now may be making your macular degeneration worse and setting you up for more vision loss in the future. Changing your behavior today can help.
Macular degeneration appears to be related to the efficiency of the circulatory system and smoking can affect your circulation.
Tobacco appears to interfere with the absorption of lutein, an important antioxidant that protects the retina. Smokers are likely to have low levels of lutein and they are at greater risk of developing macular degeneration than nonsmokers. So, if you've been trying to quit smoking, here's another good reason to stop!
Reduce High Blood Pressure
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your doctor check for it. There are no symptoms, which is why it is called "the silent killer". If you have high blood pressure, it can be controlled by following your doctor's instructions. This may involve changes in diet and/or medication.
Avoid Saturated Fat and Processed Foods