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Red Meat May Increase The Risk Of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration

March 20, 2009

Adapted from MD Support and the American Journal of Epidemiology

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have revealed that a diet high in red meat may increase one's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), while consumption of chicken may lower the risk.

Researchers followed 6,734 persons aged 58-69 years, from 1990 through 2006. Final data showed that higher red meat intake was positively associated with early AMD and consumption of chicken 3.5 or more times a week was associated with a decrease risk of developing late-stage AMD.

Study participants who ate red meat 10 times per week or more had a 47 per cent higher risk of AMD than if they ate it less than 5 times a week. However, those who ate chicken 3.5 times a week or more had a 57 per cent lower risk of late AMD compared to those who ate it less than 1.5 times a week.

The team concluded that different meats may differently affect AMD risk and may be a target for lifestyle modification.

The research is published in the April 1, 2009 edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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