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Diet and risk

Jean Kittson eating for eye health

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.”

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 age-related 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 you can’t eat enough eye-healthy foods. However, it’s important you speak to your doctor before changing your diet or taking any supplements.

For more information about AMD and other macular diseases, please contact us. We operate a free National Helpline (1800 111 709) to provide information and support to members of the macular disease community, their families and carers.

Posted: April 2020