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Fat Intake and Age-Related Blindness

separator A new study has shown some evidence that eating a lot of fat, especially the fat that’s commonly found in baked goods, may be a factor in the progression of age-related macular degeneration, also known as age-related blindness. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness among people age 60 and older.

In the study, people who ate the most fat were three times more likely to experience progression of the disease than people who ate the least amount of fat. The researchers have a theory that fat may cause plaque to build up in the eye, similar to the way fat promotes plaque formation in the heart.

So now there’s another reason to eat a diet that’s lower in fat (especially the kind founding baked goods).

Archives of Ophthalmology, December 2003.
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