Publication Details

Flood, V. M. 2006, 'Dietary fats and macular degeneration', Perspectives - Nutrition news and views, vol. November 2006, no. 22, pp. 3-3.


Atherosclerosis in the blood vision and common eye diseases do not support any adverse vessels of the eye has been in non-institutionalised residents, associations between high proposed as a possible 49 years or older, living in Blue intakes of dietary fats or mechanism underlying macular Mountains area, west of Sydney. sub-types of fats and the degeneration, which has raised Dietary data were collected from incidence of either early or the possibility that different 2895 people at baseline using late age-related macular dietary fats may increase or a validated food frequency degeneration. However, this decrease risk. Several recent questionnaire. Incidence of early study did confirm previous articles have examined possible and late age-related macular findings that fish consumption associations between dietary degeneration was assessed after is protective. The likely fat and progression of a mean follow-up of 5.1 years. mechanism is the protection macular degeneration. Some Contrary to expectations, low against oxidation and epidemiological studies have intakes of total fat were degeneration of the retina suggested dietary intake of fat associated with an increased afforded by long-chain n-3 and all its subtypes, including risk of macular degeneration. polyunsaturated fatty acids, vegetable and unsaturated especially DHA. fats, increase the risk of No significant association was progressionu.2! These findings found between 5-year incidence Our finding that low intakes of have caused some concern of macular degeneration and total fat and n-3 polyunsaturated in the lay, medical and dietary intakes of total saturated fatty acids were associated with nutritional communities.