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Diet Rich In Fruit And Caffeine Reduces Risk Of Blindness-Causing Condition

October 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Portuguese researchers have demonstrated that following the Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on antioxidant-rich fruit cuts the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a debilitating eye condition that leads to blindness. The researchers also reported that caffeine seems to be especially protective against AMD. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and healthy fats and fish. Studies have shown the diet improves heart health and reduces cancer risk. The researchers followed 883 people age 55 or older, 449 of whom had AMD in its early stages before vision loss. They found that those who stuck closely to the Mediterranean diet – especially consuming more fruit and caffeine – had a 35 percent lower risk of AMD.
Rufino Silva et al., "Fruit-rich Mediterranean diet with antioxidants may cut age-related macular degeneration risk by more than a third", News release, study presented at annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 26, 2016, © Silva et al.
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