Macular Degeneration

Also indexed as:Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Maculopathy
Keep your vision in good condition by taking care to prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness later in life. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Feast on fishPeople who eat fish more than once per week have half the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration compared with people who eat less fish.
Choose good fatsIn a preliminary study, high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol was associated with an increased risk of developing macular degeneration, so look for lean meats and low-fat dairy, and cook with unsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
Stay tuned about alcoholBeer drinking has been linked to increased macular degeneration risk, while wine drinking has been linked to a decreased risk, these reports are too preliminary to be conclusive.

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