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Fish, omega-3 fatty acids good for eyes.

Eating fish and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may cut the risk of age-related macular degeneration, according to a study in the June Archives of Ophthalmology.

Study authors cautioned that the analysis of nine previously published studies is based on few clinical trials and is not strong enough to lead to a recommendation of routine consumption of omega-3 rich foods for macular degeneration prevention. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss among the elderly, and known risk factors include cigarette smoking, obesity and a family history of the disease.

The study found a 38 percent reduction in the risk of more advanced macular degeneration for those with a high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating fish twice weekly was associated with a reduced risk of both advanced and early age-related macular degeneration.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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