Omega-3 "reduces AMD risk"

Omega-3 "reduces AMD risk"

The risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be decreased by consuming oily fish rich in omega-3, according to a new study.

Research carried out by experts at Brigham and Women"s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, shows that regular consumption of the substance can lower the risk of developing AMD by 38 per cent.

In addition, the authors noted that results for fish intake showed consumption of one or more servings of fish per week was associated with a 42 per cent lower risk of developing AMD.

The report stated: "In summary, these prospective data from a large population of women with no prior diagnosis of AMD indicate that regular consumption of omega-3 and fish significantly reduced the risk of incident AMD."

Recently, Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser to the College of Optometrists, said there are plenty of preventative measures to limit a person"s chances of developing AMD, such as not smoking and eating healthily.

by Emily Tait

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