Avoid Calcium Overuse to Prevent AMD

Calcium and macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been shown to have a correlation with excessive calcium intake, according to the American Optometric Association. A study published recently in JAMA Ophthalmology delved into calcium supplements and the correlation with AMD.

The findings suggest that people who consume more than 800 mg per day of supplementary calcium are 85 percent more likely to be diagnosed with AMD than those who do not supplement with calcium.

The association between supplementary calcium and AMD was found to be stronger in older individuals who often are the victims of AMD. This group of people was found to have taken calcium supplements over a longer period.

Calcium is vital to maintain excellent health, but over-consumption can cause problems. The findings about the link between calcium supplements and AMD should have an effect on how physicians—especially optometrists—speak to their patients about supplements.

It’s always good to consult your doctor about recommended amounts for any vitamin or supplement.  Annual eye exams are also a great way to stay on top of your eye health.  Contact Associated Retina Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona at 602-242-4928 today to schedule your retinal exam. 

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