HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- The next time you sit down for a plate of pasta you might want to think twice; your eye health will thank you for it. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that reducing refined carbohydrates may slow down the progression of age related macular degeneration. VisitVite.com advises, in conjunction with a healthy diet, to include a regiment of macular degeneration vitamins which have also been shown to slow the effects of age related macular degeneration, or AMD.
AMD is the leading cause of partial blindness in the elderly and occurs when the light sensitive cells in the macula break down progressively. The macula is located in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. AMD results in partial or total blindness in 7 to 15% of the elderly, according to the Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group.
Researchers from Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University studied 4, 757 non-diabetic men and women participating in the national Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). The eight-year AREDS study included participants' ages 55 to 80 with varying stages of AMD. Researchers examined their carbohydrate intake over a one-year period and used the data to calculate the participants' dietary glycemic index.
Dietary glycemic index is a scale used to determine how quickly carbohydrates are broken down into blood sugar, or glucose. Refined carbs like white bread and rice have high glycemic indices. Whole wheat rice, pasta and bread have low glycemic indices.
The study found that men and women older then 55 who consumed diets with higher-than-average dietary glycemic index foods appeared to have an increased risk for both early and later stages of AMD.
"No one has been able to identify an effective noninvasive intervention that will slow the progress of AMD," said Allen Taylor, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA. "We feel we have identified a risk factor that could postpone the debilitating loss of vision with very little economic or personal hardship. Based on our data, limited refined carbohydrates intake, such as by limiting sweetened drinks or exchanging white bread for whole wheat, in at-risk elderly could reduce the number of advanced AMD cases by 8 percent in five years. This can equate to saving the sight of approximately 100,000 people."
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