For women, add macular degeneration, the incurable eye disease that can result in blindness, to the list of serious health impacts from maintaining bad dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
A team scientists from universities in a half-dozen states examined the consequences of bad diet, smoking, sedentary behaviors and having a certain gene type with the odds getting the degenerative eye disease once a woman reaches 60 years and beyond.
The nearly 2,000 women in the study were 50 to 79 years of age and were assessed over a six year period. Results in 2015 were published in the science journal, Ophthalmology.
A synergy was found when the women had genetic susceptibility, added to an unhealthy diet and habits, and a sedentary lifestyle, making their risk of macular degeneration three times more likely. (Synergy is when two or more factors interact to produce effects much more powerful than any one factor can create on its own.)
It was also found that having an unhealthy lifestyle increased eye disease risk regardless of a woman's gene risk for the disease.
"Joint Associations of Diet, Lifestyle, and Genes with Age-Related Macular Degeneration." Meyers KJ. Et al. Ophthalmology. 2015 November.
*DISCLAIMER: The medical information in this article, on our website and on all of our social media sites, is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.