Fort Lauderdale, Fla—New research findings
reveal that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and taking antioxidant
supplements may help prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration
Several studies have suggested that dietary factors play a key role
in reducing the incidence and progression of AMD. For example, a cocktail
of antioxidants (supplements of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc)
has been shown to reduce the risk of developing advanced (wet) AMD by about
25% (Age-related Eye Disease Study [AREDS] Research Group. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119:1417-1436). Ongoing findings from AREDS,
a prospective cohort study, and other studies presented at the annual meeting
of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May are helping
to further elucidate the role of diet and supplements.
Kuehn BM. Studies Probe Diet’s Role in Eye Disease. JAMA. 2005;294(1):32–33. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.32
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