The study compared nutrient intake over time among Europeans aged 65 or older. Participants who ate at least one portion of fish each week were 50% less likely to develop macular degeneration as those who ate fish less than once a week.
Visivite.com, an industry leader in eye health supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, concurs with findings recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that suggests a weekly diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
The Findings of a New AJCN Study Indicate That Dietary Fish Consumption Reduces Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Supporting VisiVite.com's Research Into The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids For AMD Treatment and Prevention.
VisiVite manufactures macular degeneration vitamin supplements with omega-3 fatty acids to help potential candidates for AMD combat the disease.
The findings come just after a recent meta-analysis with similar conclusions about the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on ocular health. The AJCN study indicates that an increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has a beneficial effect on the odds of risk for developing AMD.
Several recent studies and analyses have corroborated the correlation between a diet including omega-3-heavy foods like fish and a sharp decline in an individual's risk for AMD.
AMD is the leading ocular disease affecting senior citizens. It's an eye condition in which the macula, a sensitive area in the retina responsible for central and detail vision, is damaged, often causing loss of central vision. Macular degeneration causes atrophy and bleeding in the retina's inner lining, or macula. The condition impairs reading, seeing fine detail, and can lead to blindness in advanced cases.
There is usually no treatment for the "dry" form, but low vision rehabilitation can help those with significant vision loss to maintain an excellent quality of life. Laser surgery can sometimes treat the "wet" form and low vision rehabilitation can help those with vision loss.
Although there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration, mounting evidence exists linking antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to slowed progress of the disease as well as prevention of the condition. Lutein and Zeaxanthin, carotenoids whose effects are currently being studied in the National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2), have also been connection with AMD prevention.
CAUSES: There is no conclusive proof as to what causes it, however, some scientists believe heredity may play a part, as may UV light exposure and malnutrition.
Visit the National Eye Institute Web site for additional information. [www.nei.nih.gov]