Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 60. It occurs when a small portion of the back of the eye (on the retina), called the macula, deteriorates, causing loss of central vision. Although complete blindness seldom occurs with the condition, it can be quite debilitating.

A recent study done at Tufts University showed that AMD can be slowed down based on what crosses your lips.  It seems that, in this study on mice, changing from a high glycemic diet to a low glycemic diet changed the retinal damage the mice experienced. High glycemic foods such as white bread and other common carbohydrates found in your SAD eating (Standard American Diet), caused damage to the back of the eye over a six-month period, whereas a low glycemic diet did not demonstrate these features.

Even more interesting was the discovery that moving these mice from a high glycemic diet to a low glycemic diet stopped the retinal damage.  Although it could be argued that a mouse’s eye and a human’s eye have differences we cannot account for, this is yet another example of how our food can affect our health.

We are all very familiar with food-related diabetes, cancer, and obesity, but more and more often the medical literature is demonstrating that there are a number of organs and systems that are also affected by the quality of our diet, something you should certainly “look” into.

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