In a large study conducted by European researchers, scientist discovered a link between eating a Mediterranean diet and lower risk for Age-related macular degeneration. Researchers found that those who consumed such a diet, which is characterized by fish, whole grains, legumes, fruit, vegetables, and olive were 41 percent less likely to contract AMD than those who followed a traditional western diet. No one component of the diet yielded the same results. It is necessary to include all the components to achieve the benefits. These findings have the potential to revolutionize the way we treat degenerative eye conditions as the study proves that changes in diet alone can help slow the progression of the disease as well as prevent it all together.
- A Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating less meat and more fish, vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains, and olive oil.
- AMD is a degenerative eye disease. It causes loss of central vision, which is crucial for simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, and write.
- Patients in the Rotterdam study were examined and completed food questionnaires every five years over a 21-year period, while patients in the Alienor Study were seen every two years.
“Chronic diseases such as AMD, dementia, obesity, and diabetes, all have roots in poor dietary habits. It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking”