Diet

Slowing AMD With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bonnielin K. Swenor and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, analyzed data from 2,520 adults aged 65 to 84 who underwent eye exams and completed detailed dietary questionnaires. “Current research indicates that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of late AMD in some patients,” said Swenor, reporting on his study.  Fifteen percent were found to have early- or intermediate-stage AMD, while just under 3 percent were in the advanced stage of the disease.

B Vitamins Could Lower Risk of AMD For Women

B vitamins could lower the risk of AMD, according to a study of 5,442 women age 40 and over.  Daily supplementation showed that these women were 41% less likely to develop macular degeneration.  They were followed up for seven years.

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Trans Fats May Increase Macular Degeneration Risk

Trans Fats may increase macular degeneration risk.  A recent Australian study checked macula photographs of 6,734 participants’ eyes for signs of early and late AMD.  Late AMD risk was higher in people who ate a lot of trans-unsaturated fats (hardened fats).  Fatty acids and olive oil seemed to reduce the risk of AMD.

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Vitamin B and AMD

A seven year study of 5,200 women showed that daily B vitamin supplements could lower the odds of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women.  4l% of the participants taking the B vitamins were less likely to develop the disease.

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Green Tea and Eye Health

Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant.  Researchers at Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Kowloon, found that the retina absorbed these catechins and reduced harmful oxidative stress in the eye.

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AMD and Trans Fats

A study of 6,734 participants, as reported in Archives of Ophthalmology, showed that late AMD (age related macular degeneration) risk was higher in people who ate a lot of trans-unsaturated fats. Fatty acids and olive oil seemed to reduce the risk of AMD. Fish, butter, and margarine did not show significant associations with AMD.

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Saffron and AMD

Saffron can improve the function of the retina in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a team of scientists from Italy and Australia.  At a conference in Sydney, Australia, Professor Bisti, from the Unversity of L’Aquila, and Professor Falsini, from Catholic University in Rome, reported their research findings.

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