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Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

Study Shows Omega-3s in Fish May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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This will be a great breakthrough, if it is true,” says Cohen, who is an ophthalmologist in private practice at Illinois Retina Associates in Chicago. “Women with good fish or fatty acid intake may never get AMD.”

Other risk factors for AMD -- including smoking, family history of AMD, and high blood pressure -- should also not be overlooked, he says.

“If a patient had no macular degeneration, I would tell them that an omega-3 fatty acid intake may be of some benefit down the line,” he says. “A serving of fish per week would be wonderful for people without AMD, and if they had some signs of AMD already, there is no harm in adding a serving or fish per week or DHA supplements.”

"The article makes a very important contribution by providing clear evidence that omega-3 fatty acid intake can help prevent macular degeneration," says Lylas G. Mogk, MD, director of the Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

"We now know your risk is higher for AMD if you do not eat omega-3s," Mogk says.

While the study only looked at dietary sources of omega-3s, "if you don't eat a lot of fish or don't like fish, omega-3 supplements are a good idea," she says.

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