December 02, 2010
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Slow Eye Aging?

People with diets high in fish get less age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye.

Researchers at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, wanted to know how the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) would be affected in a population of older people who regularly ate fish and seafood, since some varieties are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. A diet rich in omega-3s probably protects against advanced AMD, the leading cause of blindness in whites in the United States, according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and other recent studies. High concentrations of omega-3s have been found in the eye's retina, and evidence is mounting that the nutrient may be essential to eye health. The new research, led by Sheila K. West, PhD, was part of the Salisbury Eye Evaluation (SEE) study.

Food intake information with details on fish and shellfish consumed was collected over one year using a validated questionnaire for 2,391 participants aged 65 to 84 years who lived along Maryland's Eastern Shore. After dietary assessment was complete, participants were evaluated for AMD. Those with no AMD were classified as controls (1,942 persons), 227 had early AMD, 153 had intermediate-stage disease, and 68 had advanced AMD. In the advanced AMD group, the macular area of the retina exhibited either neovascularization (abnormal blood vessel growth and bleeding) or a condition called geographic atrophy. Both conditions can result in blindness or severe vision loss.

Other evidence for this benefit has been found. Also see my previous reports Eye Aging Slowed By Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Omega 3 Fatty Acids Slow Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 December 02 08:39 PM  Aging Diet Eye Studies

Claire said at December 4, 2010 2:19 PM:

What quantity in the diet is optimum? Can supplements do the job? How much?

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