The Zoomer Report: Vitamin B and Macular Degeneration

A new study says taking B vitamins can prevent a common type of vision loss in older women.

More than one-third of Canadians between the ages of 55 and 74 develop age-related macular degeneration, a condition that makes it difficult to see. There were 78,000 new cases reported in this country last year — the majority of them in women.

The women in the study who took a combination of B vitamins — B-6, folic acid and B-12 — reduced their risk of this irreversible condition by more than one-third compared to women taking taking a placebo.

Smoking obesity, and a family history are the biggest risk factors for macular degeneration, and avoiding smoking was the only known way to prevent it. Now, researchers think they may have found a new prevention method through vitamin supplements. And they figure this finding should also apply to men.


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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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