Link between Alzheimer’s and eye disease

A recent study found a compelling link between three major eye diseases and Alzheimer’s. And new research supports the benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin for brain health.

The study findings were published in the August 8 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Instituted and the UW School of Nursing and involved 3,877 randomly selected patients aged 65 and older who did not have Alzheimer’s diseases at the start of the study. Over the course of the five-year study, 792 cases of Alzheimer’s disease were diagnosed and researchers noted that patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma, were at 40 – 50% greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to similar people without these eye conditions.

The study findings reaffirm that there are things we can learn about the brain by examining the eye. Researchers say more research needs to be done regarding these possible connections with the hopes of being able to diagnose Alzheimer’s at an earlier age and create more effective treatments.

Of great interest is that lutein and zeaxanthin, found in VisiVite formulas, have been shown to be beneficial for brain health in addition to eye health. You can read more about that at:

https://www.kemin.com/na/en-us/blog/human-nutrition/new-research-supports-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-for-brain-health

VisiVite Super Lutein 444 contains 40 mg lutein and 4 mg zeaxanthin in one vegetarian capsule per day.*

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