February 23, 2019
Diet and Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Wellness Tip

Diet and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), consider following a Med­iterranean diet. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers analyzed the dietary patterns of 2,525 participants in the well-known clinical trial known as AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study), who already had intermediate AMD.

Those who most closely adhered to a Mediterranean-style diet were about 25 percent less likely to progress to advanced AMD over a 13-year period compared to those who veered farthest from this eating pattern. The key elements of the diet are a high intake of fruits, vegetables (excluding potatoes), and legumes; moderate intake of fish, nuts, whole grains, and alcohol; and low intake of red or processed meats.

Also see Long Live the Mediterranean Diet.