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Omega-3 Consumption Is Associated With Lower Risk Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

March 14, 2011: 10:40 PM EST
Women who regularly consumed fish and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish were found to have a  significantly reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, according to a U.S. study of health data collected from diet questionnaires. The data collected from more than 38,000 women included information on intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, and arachidonic acid and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acids). Over ten years of follow up, the researchers found that women who consumed the most DHA had a 38 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, compared to women who at the least fish. Results for fish intake showed that consumption of one or more servings of fish per week was associated with a 42 percent lower risk of age-related macular degeneration.
William G. Christen, ScD, et al., "Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Fish Intake and Incident Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women", Archive of Ophthalmology, March 14, 2011, © American Medical Association
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