Macular degeneration is a term used to refer to a set of diseases resulting in loss of vision due to the damage or deterioration of the retina. It’s one of the leading causes of vision loss, and over two million Americans are affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Moreover, a recent study conducted at the University of Buffalo shows that “poor” diet can increase a person’s risk of AMD. So, what is the correlation between diet and AMD?
What Is the Link Between Your Diet and Macular Degeneration Risks?
The study found that people whose diet includes frequent consumption of red or processed meat, fried food, high-fat dairy and refined grains are three times more likely to experience vision loss associated with AMD.
The researchers repeatedly checked in with subjects over an 18-year period, and they found that people who had no AMD or early AMD at the start of the study and frequently consumed unhealthy foods had a higher risk of developing “vision-threatening, late stage disease” about 18 years later.
Recommended Foods for Healthier Eyes
Regular visits with your optometrist can reduce your eye disease chances, but carefully selecting the foods you eat can apparently make a difference, too. Here are some foods that you might want to add to your diet to help lower your risk of AMD:
Foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, melons, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli and cabbage
Foods rich in vitamin E, such as almonds, peanuts, pistachio nuts, whole grains, vegetable oil and turnip greens
Foods rich in beta-carotene, such as carrots, spinach, apricots, sweet potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables
Foods rich in copper, such as nuts, cocoa beans, seafood, dried fruits, liver and whole grains
Foods rich in zinc, such as chicken, pork, eggs, seafood, wheat germ and fortified breakfast cereals
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