Exercise Protects Your Eyesight as You Age

Exercise can do so many amazing things for your health, from beating Alzheimer's disease to protecting you from cancer, no wonder staying physically active as you get older reduces your risk of macular degeneration.

Researchers tracked the eye health of some 4,000 patients (ranging in age from 43-86), conducting tests and monitoring their individual exercise levels over a 15-year span. A quarter of the patients maintained an active lifestyle (almost one out of four patients climbed six flights of stairs daily) for the duration of the study.

After weighing eye health against other risk factors (age, weight, blood fat levels), scientists found patients who kept exercising were 70 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration than those who did very little. And, active walkers enjoyed a 30 percent benefit too.

The trick about getting the most from exercise: Treating it like a drug that must be prescribed precisely to achieve the greatest benefit to your health. If you don't know where to start -- a problem for many folks -- review my beginner's exercise page that features links to other pages on my Web site and a free chart you can download to track your progress.

Another means to safeguard your eyesight and overall health: Making a number of simple changes to your diet I outlined earlier this year.

By the way, if you've been wanting to improve your vision and have considered LASIK surgery, don't do it before learning about the Secrets of Regaining Your Vision Naturally I've used to eliminate my own eyesight problems.

British Journal of Ophthalmology October 31, 2006

BBC News October 31, 2006

MSNBC October 30, 2006