Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a medical condition in primarily older adults that results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina in the eye.  AMD makes it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other daily activities like eating and cooking.

Typical view for someone with AMD

A new study done by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School collected data including diet from 38,022 women who were not diagnosed with AMD.  After 10 years, they confirmed  235 cases of AMD.  After adjusting for age and treatment, they found that the women who consumed the most omega 3 fatty acid (found in fish) has a 38% lower risk of developing AMD.   In terms of fish intake, they found that consumption of one or more servings of fish per week, when compared to less than one serving per month, was associated with a 42 percent lower risk of AMD.  The full article is published in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

I read another study done on women in Australia that found a similar result and I can't help but wonder if these results would be found in men, too.   My father (as his father) has AMD and he has lived in Florida on the Gulf for more than 40 years.  An avid fisherman, he and my mom  ate fish several times a week but it didn't seem to stop him from getting AMD?  I wonder if family history out trumps omega-3 consumption.    This is another example of why sex-based research (both men and women) is so important!




I was taking 4 capsules of fish oil daily because I was told it would help. It certainly helped get rid of the annoying lick in my elbow joint but my eyesight has unfortunately continued to decline over the last 12 months.

Preventing is always better than cure. And I also already know that omega in fish can prevent some diseases including AMD. but I personally do not know why men are more susceptible to this disease than women EDITOR's COMMENT: The incidence of AMD is actually about the same in men and women. The study discussed in the blog only included women so we can't conclude that omega-3 helps men as much as women. A study including both sexes is needed.

I think it should be stressed that fish oil is important and not flax or borage. A lot of people take a flax supplement and think they are getting the necessary nutrients.

Great info, thanks! With all the benefits of Omega-3 you'd be crazy not to add this supplement to your diet.