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Vitamin D 'helps to prevent AMD'
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:17 pm 

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Consuming more milk, fish, fortified cereals, margarine and other Vitamin D-rich foods may help to prevent an age-related eye disease which can lead to sight loss, according to scientists.

Researchers in the US analysed data on 1,313 women taking part in a study of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

They suggest that vitamin D blood levels and eating foods rich in the vitamin along with supplements could help reduce the risk of AMD in women younger than 75.

Women with the highest vitamin D intake were 59% less likely to develop the disease than those with the lowest, according to the trials.

Time spent in the sun did not affect risk levels, even though the most important source of vitamin D is its generation in the skin as a reaction to sunlight.

AMD, caused by progressive damage to the centre of the retina at the back of the eye, affects around 2% of people over the age of 50 in developed countries.

More than 230,000 people in the UK are believe to be partially blind because of the condition.

The scientists, led by Dr Amy Millen, from Buffalo University, New York, wrote in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology: 'More studies are needed to verify this association as well as to better understand the potential interaction between vitamin D status and genetic and lifestyle factors with respect to risk of early AMD.'


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