London: Men, please note – putting on weight in middle age can significantly raise your risk of getting blind later in life, says a new study.
The results showed that even small changes in a man`s waist/hip ratio -- a measure of his waist compared to his hips - led to a sharp increase in risk. A healthy score is usually anything below a ratio of around 0.95. Anything above that raises the risk of diabetes and heart disease. But the team found that for each increase of 0.1 in the waist/hip ratio, a man`s chances of developing AMD soared by 75 per cent.Nine in 10 cases involve "dry AMD" which develops over several years. The rest involve "wet AMD" which can cause blindness in just three months. It is caused by the growth of new blood vessels over the macula, a small oval-shaped area at the back of eye that helps us pick out visual details clearly. PTI
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