MDFA Ambassador Jean Kittson has a 50 per cent chance of being diagnosed with macular disease.
Jean’s mother Elaine lives with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and family history is a major risk factor of developing the disease.
While research to find a cure continues, we know that some simple changes in lifestyle and diet can help support macular health.
And that’s why the respected writer and comedian uses the kitchen to try to protect her vision.
“There are things you can do about it,” Jean says.
“I have a 50 per cent chance of getting macular disease. So we need to eat our greens, and eat our yellows, and eat fish, and just have a healthy lifestyle. I also make sure I check my macula regularly.
“Don’t take your vision for granted.”
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A healthy, well balanced diet is good for overall wellbeing as well as eye health. Studies show diet is important to reduce the risk of AMD and slow its progression.
Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with the disease.
· Eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit every day
· Eat fish two or three times a week
· Choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
· Eat a handful of nuts a week
· Limit your intake of fats and oils
An appropriate dietary supplement may help if consumption of eye health foods is inadequate. However, it’s important you speak to your doctor before changing your diet or taking any supplements.
For more eye-friendly recipe ideas, view MDFA’s range of Macula Menus.
For more information about AMD and other macular diseases, please contact Macular Disease Foundation Australia. MDFA operates a free National Helpline (1800 111 709) to provide information and support to members of the macular disease community, their families and carers.
Are you at risk of AMD? Take the quiz to find out. Go to Check My Macula at www.CheckMyMacula.com.au and in under a minute, you’ll be able to check your risk factors.
You can also download or order our free age-related macular degeneration booklet.