Dr. Moore

E-T Contributor

First let me apologize for the delay in new material over the past few weeks. Along with an office remodel, we just ushered in a new member to our family. With that said our new baby inspired the idea for today’s article.

Let me get to the point. I thought it fitting to talk about genetics in the same article as age and the maturation process. If you know my wife or me, then you know we are not big people. The same goes for our child. If the same goes for our child as has most of the rest of my family he will probably not be a big guy due to his family’s genetic blueprints. I say all of this to talk about how we can best live with our inherited genetics and the predispositions for health and wellness that come with those.

We all see our inherited physical characteristics, but we tend to neglect our genetic makeup that defines us internally. Whether we are blessed with a good family history or bad, there is an opportunity for improvement. We can break the cycles of poor health in our own families with lifestyle changes such as good diet, exercise, and reducing stress in our lives. Just as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol have a large inherited component, so do eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic eye disease.

Most of the previously mentioned eye conditions are found in middle aged people and older, with origins that start earlier in life. We can reduce our risks for these eye diseases by taking fish oil, taking a multivitamin and exercising. Good blood flow to the eyes is being found to be more and more important in maintaining good eye health. Systemic diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes all impact how well blood circulates through the body. The cells in the eye that are needed to see, require a tremendous amount of energy brought to the eye by the blood that flows through the body. For this reason we must look at the entire picture of overall health verses each individual organ separately.

It is much easier said than done to maintain good health on a consistent basis as a result of our busy lives. But those that can make it a priority early on in life will be that much better off as they age.

For more information, see Dr. Moore, O.D. at Moore Eye Center across from Town and Country Bank on Harbin Street or call 254-968-2345 or visit us on the web at www.mooreeye.net. (Paid advertorial.)