Studies in France and the Netherlands have shown that a Mediterranean diet is linked to a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers investigated the effects of such a diet on a large sample from subjects from two population-based prospective studies. The diet consists of more than median intakes of vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, fish, moderate amounts of alcohol consumption and the ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats and to lower than median intakes of meats and dairy products.
Higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 39% reduced risk of developing advanced AMD. These results highlight that eating a healthy diet such as this may help to limit progression to advanced AMD.
Source: “Mediterranean diet and incidence of advanced AMD: The EYE-RISK CONSORTIUM”. Benedicte MJ Merle, et al. (Abstract #3010, Association for Research in Ophthalmology annual convention) June 2018.