Cholesterol-lowering medications reduce the risk of age-related maculopathy progression
AuthorMcCarty, Catherine A.; Mukesh, Bickol N.; Guymer, Robyn H.; Baird, Paul N.; Taylor, Hugh R.
Source TitleMedical Journal of Australia
PublisherAustralasian Medical Publishing
University of Melbourne Author/sMcCarty, Catherine; MUKESH, Bickol; Guymer, Robyn; Baird, Paul; Taylor, Hugh
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: Centre for Eye Research Australia
School of Medicine: Ophthalmology
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsMcCarty, C. A., Mukesh, B. N., Guymer, R. H., Baird, P. N. & Taylor, H. R. (2001). Cholesterol-lowering medications reduce the risk of age-related maculopathy progression. Medical Journal of Australia, 175, 340.
Access StatusOpen Access
"McCarty CA et al. Cholesterol-lowering medications reduce the risk of age-related maculopathy progression. MJA 2001; 175: 340-. ©Copyright 2001. The Medical Journal of Australia - reproduced with permission".
Re-edited by BF 22/03/2010
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Australians. Currently, there are limited treatment options, and current research efforts are focused on determining the risk factors for AMD and developing effective treatment strategies. Some risk factors for cardiovascular disease have been shown to be associated with AMD, and one study has suggested that Alzheimer's disease is associated with age-related maculopathy. It has also been suggested that alleles of the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene may be associated with AMD, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease. Given this, it is interesting that statins - cholesterol-lowering medications - have been shown to decrease the risk of dementia and diabetes mellitus.
KeywordsCERA; ophthalmology; Centre for Eye Research Australia; eye research; vision; visual health
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