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How diet influences macular degeneration

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

The risk of irreversible age-related macular degeneration (AMD) increases with age. About 10 million people have reduced vision due to AMD in the U.S. The disease is most common among older white Americans, affecting more than 14% of white Americans age 80 and older. The causes of AMD are complex, but smoking, abdominal weight, unchecked cardiovascular disease, and hypertension increase the risk. Recent research suggests that a diet high in consumption of red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains, and high-fat dairy also may be a risk factor for developing late AMD. more


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