Health Shorts: Eat chicken to head off AMD

If you want to head off age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease involving progressive loss of central vision, you should skip the steak and choose the chicken.

An Australian study following adults who were 58 to 69 years old at the start of the study in 1990-1994, found that subjects who ate red meat at least 10 times weekly had a 1.47 chance of getting early AMD compared to those who ate red meat less than 4.5 times a week. Subjects who ate chicken at least 3.5 times a week had a reduced risk of late AMD compared to those eating chicken less than once a week.

For more information regarding AMD, please visit Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Health Information Library online.

[SOURCE: Karla Gale, M.S., “Diet high in red meat tied to early age-related macular degeneration,” Reuters Health, March 27, 2009; American Journal of Epidemiology, April 1, 2009]

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Last Updated June 18, 2009