Study confirms you can eat for your eyes
Dr Liubov Robman and her colleagues analysed data from more than 21,000 participants in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study to investigate the role of nutrition in age-related macular degeneration.
Dr Robman was the inaugural recipient of the Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship, an award for studies on the dietary and lifestyle aspects of macular disease. Co-funded by MDFA and supplements company Blackmores, the fellowship was named in honour of MDFA’s founding director Dr Paul Beaumont.
Research conducted because of the fellowship funding indicated that a diet high in steamed, grilled or canned fish, steamed or boiled chicken, nuts, muesli, boiled rice and vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and broccoli – but low in red meat and white bread – is associated with a lower risk of advanced AMD.
Dr Robman’s findings validate MDFA’s advice that a balanced diet rich in fish and leafy greens reduces the risk of AMD.
She received a $40,000 over one year for the study.
This article was first published in our booklet 10 Years of research: Reflecting on the impact of investing into macular disease research.
Posted: 15 September 2021