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Poor diet increases risk for late-stage age-related macular degeneration

Author(s): Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

A new study from the British Journal of Ophthalmology has revealed a link between poor diet and the increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is irreversible and affects the central vision, impacting the person’s ability to do a variety of daily tasks, including driving.

The study found that patients who had a diet high in processed or red meat, fried food, refined grains, and high-fat dairy were more susceptible (three-times more likely) to AMD than those who consumed a more balanced, healthy diet.

This study was the first of its kind conducted in the United States, although several others conducted in Europe have revealed similar data. Research like this continues to drive the importance for nutrition and dietary pattern education; what we eat plays a big role in our overall health.

Please read more about the study here.




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