Fish Oil and Macular Degeneration

Fish Consumption and Vision

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Age-related macular degeneration (maculopathy) is a leading cause of blindness in both Australia and the United States. There is some evidence that atherosclerosis and macular degeneration may both be related to a high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. A large Australian study (Blue Mountain Eye Study) now confirms this connection by examining cholesterol intake, monounsaturated fat, and fish consumption.

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness for which treatment options are limited.

Note: The macula is responsible for detailed, fine central vision and is located at the center of the retina.

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School have just released a major study that points to a close association between the development of AMD and the consumption of certain fats and fatty acids, such as those found in oily fish and fish oils. The study involved 42,743 female nurses enrolled in 1984 and 29,746 male health professionals enrolled in 1986. The nurses completed 130-item food frequency questionnaires in 1984, 1986 and 1990 and the men completed them in 1986 and 1990.

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Consuming Fish Oils May Protect Against Age-Related Vision Loss

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Could eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement protect against age-related blindness and vision loss? Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia investigated this link by analyzing n-3 fatty acid intakes and incidence of age-related maculopathy (ARM) among 2,895 men and women aged 49 years or over. ARM is the most common cause of severe vision loss in the elderly.

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