What do studies say on the relation between smoking and macular degeneration? United Kingdom:
The British Medical Journal published a study by the University of Manchester on the relationship between macular degeneration and smoking. Accordingly, in Britain one in five is caused by macular degeneration tobacco consumption. This means that smoking is currently responsible for about 54,000 in the UK macular degeneration sufferers over 69 years. Of these, the "British Medical Journal are" nearly 18,000 blind.
It said there was evidence that the progression of the disease slows down when the macular degeneration-affected population would stop smoking
Source: "British Medical Journal", Vol. 328, S. 537
In Australia in 2500 participants of a study of 10 years by a team from the University of Sydney were accompanied. The subjects were all at least 49 years old and had to answer among other questions about dietary habits and cigarette consumption. After five and ten years on the condition of the retinal images were taken of participants to the condition of the macula can be documented and as indications of potential macular degeneration explore.
The result: Smoking carried a fourfold higher risk of macular degeneration as a Non smoking. At least three times as high was the risk for former smokers.
Source: University of Sydney/ "Blue Mountains Eye"-Studie / "Jama" Bd.125, S.1089
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