Does a Fatty Diet Put You at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

November 27, 2009

A study recently reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology suggests that a fat-filled diet may put younger women at risk for future age-related macular degeneration (although the effect varies by type of fat). Specifically, women younger than 75 with the highest total fat intake (about 43% of daily calories) had 70% higher odds of intermediate age-related macular degeneration than those in the lowest quintile (21% fat calories). However, actual outcomes may be influenced by other related nutrient intakes and the proportion of different types of fat consumed. As such, no causal relationship between dietary fat and age-related macular degeneration in the study could be conclusively determined.

Read further details about the study on MedPage Today.




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