Periodontal Disease May Increase Risk For Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Review Suggests

According to the authors, the significant association between PDs and AMD only in the youngest individuals can be explained either by PDs having a role in the earlier stages of AMD or by covariates increasing with age diluting the effect of PDs on individuals 60 years and older. 

Although the link between the two is still unclear, PD and AMD share similar risk factors such as inflammation disorders, advanced age, smoking habits and diabetes, said the authors. More studies are needed for better understanding of the relationship between PD and AMD. – by Kaitlin McGee

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