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Vitamin-Rich Diet Cuts Vision Loss

Thursday, 29 December 2005 12:00 AM

Eating a diet rich in key antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration by 50 percent or more, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

Dr. Redmer van Leeuwen and his colleagues at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam tracked over 4,000 elderly people for eight years to see the relationship between vitamin intake and often-devastating condition.

Occurring when abnormal blood vessels grow in the eye, damage the retina and blur central vision, macular degeneration has become the most common type of age-related vision loss in developed countries.

It affects more than one out of 10 white adults over the age of 80, and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans 60 and older. Sufferers can become debilitated and unable to read, recognize faces or drive.

The researchers focused on key antioxidants - vitamins C and E, beta carotene and the mineral, zinc - and the findings were remarkable.

People with above average intakes of these nutrients had a 35 percent lower risk of developing macular degeneration, compared with those whose diets provided a below-average level of even just one of the four.

Conversely, participants with a below-average levels of all four had a 20 percent higher risk of macular degeneration.

"This study suggests that the risk of age-related macular degeneration can be modified by diet; in particular, by dietary vitamin E and zinc," said the researchers.

They added that eating foods high in the four nutrients is probably more effective than taking supplements. Their study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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