Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by 139864, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. 139864

    139864 New Member

    This ARTICLE is News on the BBC Today .It could be of interest to some .
    Brenda UK

    "Zinc could be key to eye disease
    The mineral zinc may play a role in the development of a common cause of blindness, research suggests.
    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among elderly people in the developed world.

    Researchers found high zinc levels in deposits in the eye which are a marker for AMD development.

    The study, published in Experimental Eye Research and led by London's Institute of Ophthalmology, could help the development of new treatments.

    More common in women
    There are two forms: dry and wet
    In dry AMD, visual cells stop functioning and die
    Wet AMD, a more aggressive form, is linked to new vessel growth
    There is no treatment for dry AMD
    Wet AMD can be treated with photo-dynamic therapy, and drugs that stop new vessel growth
    However, treatments are only suitable for the early stages of disease

    AMD is a form of macular disease which affects the eye's retina, and causes loss of central vision.

    An estimated 500,000 people in the UK have it, including 40% of people aged over 75.

    An early sign of the disease is the formation of microscopic structures
  2. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    "Researchers found high zinc levels in deposits in the eye”. Does this mean that they think excess zinc might cause macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with ADM and my optometrist recommended a vitamin supplement that includes zinc at 70 mg/day, split dose.
  3. 139864

    139864 New Member

    It certainly looks that way ! but they do say ..it needs a lot more research doing on it to be 100%positive

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