AMD And Diet- What Twins Reveal
Why do twins have different stages of macular degeneration?, inquired Johanna M. Seddon MD, ophthalmologist and lead researcher of a study at Tufts Medical Center.
A study of identical twins revealed the importance of Vitamin D, betaine (found in fish, grains and spinach) and methionine (found in poultry, fish and dairy foods) in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Although twins have the same genetic makeup, which determines up to 71 percent of the disease’s severity, a diet including lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, and milk made a difference in the progression of the disease. Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties and may also block the formation of new blood vessels that can grow under the macula. Smoking caused a more severe case of macular degeneration.
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