People who eat copious amounts of pork, beef and lamb can potentially boost their odds of coming down with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reported the Independent.
According to the article, the findings came from a study done by London, England’s Royal College of Ophthalmology.
While the serious eye condition adversely impacts roughly 2.5 million people annually and can lead to blindness, the study revealed that people can largely prevent the onset of AMD by being more proactive where things like eye care and food consumption are concerned.
Taking up the challenge of helping people to avoid getting AMD, Specsavers Opticians provided some food tips, according to the article.
Specsavers Director of Professional Services Paul Carroll said in the article that people who follow a proper diet can keep the macular from being susceptible to the end results of oxidation, which ultimately damages the eye’s cells. This portion of the retina is particularly important, he reasoned in the article, because it is critical for tasks such as recognizing people, reading books and watching movies. While eating the right foods is no doubt important, Carroll said in the article that studies have demonstrated that people can lessen their chances of getting AMD if they kick their smoking habit.
According to the article, people who want to take charge of their eye health situation should focus on consuming produce that has lofty amounts of minerals and vitamins such as zeaxanthin and lutein. Produce such as kale, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits and sweet potatoes fit the bill.
Carroll said in the article that there are concrete medical reasons for getting the right mix of vitamins and antioxidants. He explained that these things assist in negating the potentially adverse impact of free radicals that are believed to have a negative impact on the eye. He added in the article that people should gets lots of produce and whole grain products in their diet.
While a healthy diet is an important part of avoiding AMD, the Association of Optometrists Ireland said in the article that there is more to be mindful of. According to the association, people should have an eye test conducted by their optometrists at least once every 24 months. Those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, should have an eye test conducted annually, added the association in the article.