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Omega-3 'reduces risk of AMD'

Omega-3 'reduces risk of AMD'
15th March 2011

Women who regularly eat fish and omega-3 fatty acids have a lesser risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), research shows, making them less likely to require assisted living.

A study published in the Archives of Opthalmology found that women who took in the most docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, had a 38 per cent lower risk of developing AMD compared to those who consumed the lowest amount.

The authors concluded: "In summary, these prospective data from a large population of women with no prior diagnosis of AMD indicate that regular consumption of DHA and [eicosapentaenoic acid] and fish significantly reduced the risk of incident AMD."

Macular degeneration leads to the loss of central vision, affecting the ability to read, write and drive.

Approximately 30 per cent of over-75s have early signs of AMD, with around seven per cent exhibiting signs of advanced AMD.

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