Highlight: Is AMD genetic?

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There are several aspects of genetics as related to AMD:

  • Familial/hereditary aspects
  • Research to identify genetic markers for AMD
  • Genetics related to the effects of high zinc in AREDS vitamins formulations.

Heredity

Statistic for those with family history of AMD, lifetime risk for developing late stage AMD is 50% for people who have AMD versus 12% for people who don’t have relative with AMD; that’s 4 times the risk of AMD if a relative has or has had it.

Genetic markers

Overview of one research study that has isolated some genetic markers for AMD

Genetics & AREDS vitamins

For those with the intermediate stage of dry AMD, the high dose of zinc (80mg) can help some people but hurt others. There are genetic tests that help determine if a person can be helped or hurt by the AREDS/AREDS2 vitamins.

Click here to read more about this genetic test.

Breaking news: vitamins may be harmful to some people

Press release MDA: warning about zinc in AREDS/AREDS2 formulas

Genetic Testing

Lists the tests available and the important role of genetic counseling after testing

 

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