Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Obesity can cause blindness.

Recent studies from the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), reveals that obesity more than doubles the risk of eye diseases that in the end can lead to blindness. According to the scientists you are considered obese if your Body Mass Index (BMI) are more than 30, and this will further more increase the risk of developing AMD which is the most common cause of blindness in western countries today.

Obesity also increase the risk of developing “wet AMD” which can lead to serious loss of sight and in some cases blindness within just a few months. If you are overweight, the risk is 11 times higher than that of ideal weight people.
Although smoking still is, the biggest causes of AMD incidents today.

Being overweight can also lead to diabetes type 2, which can also lead to serious eye diseases, according to the recent study. 90 percent of all diabetes patients are overweight. The number of obese people in the western countries continue to rise, despite massive improvements in the diets and weight loss products. The world health organization estimates the roughly 300 million people world wide are considered obese.


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