Unhealthy diet linked to loss of sight in old age

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  • Unhealthy diet has been linked with increased risk of cardi0vascular disease
  • A new study has found another reason to start eating healthy because unhealthy diet has also been linked to vision l0ss later in life
  • The researchers said they hope the study will make people realize the importance of eating healthy

Eating unhealthy food like too much red, oily, and processed food has been linked to increased risk of cardi0vascular disease. But a decade-long study has found another reason why we should keep an eye on the food we are consuming.

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A study published on the British Journal of Ophthalmology found that a habit of eating unhealthy food is connected to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that blurrs central vision, which aids people’s ability to see objects clearly. This condition might bring difficulty in their performance of their daily routine.

As per Medical News Today (MNT), it was disclosed that around 1.8 million people in the United States aged 40 years old and above are affected by AMD. Meanwhile, 7.3 million has drusen, which usually develops into AMD later on, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“AMD is the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision among people aged  65 years and older,” MNT quoted CDC as saying.

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The study looked into two diet patterns — prudent, which means they follow healthy diet and Western, which involves consuming “processed and red meat, fried food, dessert, eggs, refined grains, high fat dairy, and sugar sweetened beverages.”

“What we observed in this study was that people who had no AMD or early AMD at the start of our study, and reported frequently consuming [unhealthful] foods, were more likely to develop vision  threatening, late stage disease approximately 18 years later,” Senior study author Dr. Amy Millen explained. “We would like the public to realize that diet is important to their vision.”

Maybe you can take the new decade as an opportunity to start clean by changing your diet.