Red meat "can cause loss of sight"

Red meat "can cause loss of sight"

BY Adrian Galbreth

according to a study which has just been published in an American scientific journal.

The American Journal of Epidemiology carries the study by researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia, which covered 6,700 subjects aged 58 to 69.

It was found that those who ate ten or more portions a week of red meat were almost 50 per cent more likely to suffer age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Eating chicken 3.5 times a week or more, however, brought a 57 per cent reduction in the probability of losing one"s sight than if it was eaten only 1.5 times a week.

Meanwhile, an MP has called on people to take care of their sight by making sure they go for eye tests, the Halesowen News reports.

Sylvia Heal, MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, pointed out that glaucoma has no symptoms until the late stages and that people could lose 40 per cent of their sight before realising they have a problem.

by Emily Tait

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