Dietary risk Factors and AMD
Genetics is thought to be a major factor in the development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration but in the past couple of years more has been learned about diet and its possible effect on AMD.
In Australia, a study was done on more than 40,000 people over the age of 40. All these folks completed a questionnaire about their diet. About half of the participants had eye exam info. to match up with their diet and from this the following was found:
You should eat: a diet rich in rice, fish and chicken and a variety of vegetables.
You should eat less: Red meat and processed meat, fried foods and white bread.
This is pretty much what we’ve all been told to eat in general but here’s another study documenting the advantages to these dietary changes. It becomes more important if your family history shows macular changes and/or you have a strong Scandinavian or Northern European background. Hope this helps you understand what you can do to help protect yourself from macular degeneration as you age. If you have any questions please ask us next time you’re in our office.