23.07.2009

Fish oils "help combat AMD"

Fish oils "help combat AMD"

By Adrian Galbreth

Eating fish oils could help people to ward off age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new US study has found.

Researchers at the National Eye Institute in Maryland discovered that mice who had more fish oils suffered less from the eye condition or had it improve.

In a report being published next month in the American Journal of Pathology, the scientists said their research gave a "scientific basis for omega 3 fatty acids in the prevention and treatment of AMD".

They are using their results to study other treatments that may be used to combat the ailment.

According to the charity RNIB, AMD is not a painful condition and rarely causes total loss of sight.

It explains that since AMD affects only central vision, most people retain enough peripheral sight in order to remain independent.

While the cause is unknown, risk factors include age, exposure to sunlight and smoking, while women are more likely than men to suffer from the condition.

by Emily Tait


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