Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration
Posted March 15, 2011on:
Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older. The new findings appear online in the Archives of Opthalmology.About 9 million Americans aged 40 and older show signs of age-related macular degeneration AMD and 7.3 million more people have an early form of this potentially vision-robbing disease.
AMD targets the part of the eye that allows you to focus in on details the macula. The disease destroys the sharp, central vision needed to see objects clearly, read, and drive. In some people the disease progresses slowly; in others, a faster progression can lead to vision loss in both eyes.
Women in the new study who got the highest amounts of docosahexaenoic acid DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, were 38% less likely to develop AMD than women who got the least DHA. Similar findings were seen regarding the highest consumption levels of eicosapentaenoic acid EPA, another omega-3 found in fatty fish.