About 1.8 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is a major cause of vision loss in the United States. By 2020, that number is expected to climb to nearly 3 million. While it remains unclear what causes AMD, evidence increasingly suggests that poor nutrition may play
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If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, is a group of 13 heritable (i.e., genetic) disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues. These tissues—found mostly in the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls—act like a glue to help provide strength and elasticity to the body’s structures, including the digestive system and essential organs.
An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick
More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and just as many likely have it but aren’t aware. There are no early symptoms, and by the time there are, the disease may have advanced to the point of irreversible vision loss. Peripheral vision is the first to go, making the field
Metabolism isn’t an organ, like the heart, or a system, like the circulatory or digestive systems. It’s actually a series of physical and chemical processes that occur in your body’s cells. These processes convert the nutrients from food into the energy your body needs to fulfill all of your vital functions
A 2016 study (JAMA Ophthalmology, July) suggests that visual impairment and blindness in the U.S. will double over the next 35 years, as eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy take their toll. Other 2016 research (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May) found that
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens created by an aggregation of proteins. At present, the only way to treat cataracts is through surgery. Though all surgery carries some risk, according to the National Eye Institute, cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective types of
Of the more than 23 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, 7 million don’t even know they have it. Another 79 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes, and the prevalence of both disorders is growing. Unless trends change, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. will have diabetes by the
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. Uncontrolled, it can be a very serious problem leading to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and even kidney failure. Estimates show that more than half of people over age 65 have high blood pressure.