Fish oils can help prevent macular degeneration in women

Alan Wu

March 16, 2011

Macular degeneration is an eye-related disease that generally develops during old age, which makes it an especially pertinent issue to baby boomers and seniors. Currently, around 9 million adults over the age of 40 have or show signs of the condition.

New research to be published in the Archives of Ophthalmology in June has found that one of the ways to reduce a person's risk of macular degeneration may be to take omega-3 fatty acids, a common nutrient found in fish and some other foods.

Those who are suffering from macular degeneration may want to ensure that their house is age-friendly by installing a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert if one needs assistance.

Overall, the health records of 38,022 women were studied. Researchers followed these participants for 10 years and obtained information about their eating habits through questionnaires.

After the study period, it was found that those who reported eating one or more serving of fish per week had a 42 percent less chance of developing macular degeneration. Women who ate the highest amount of foods with docosahexaenoic, an omega-3 fatty acid, had a 38 percent lower risk of the disease than those who ate the lowest amount of it.