As the years go by, we will grow older and older. With the increase of our age, the age-related eye problems are on the rise. However, we also can take steps to protect our vision and reduce the risk for serious eye disease in the future. The current study showed that Vitamin D appears to protect women under the age of 75 from developing age-related macular degeneration. The condition leads to the loss of a person’s central field of vision as a result of a degenerating macula — a small spot on the eye’s retina where vision is sharpest.
Higher levels of vitamin D were associated with a significant decreased risk of macular degeneration, a condition which is caused by progressive damage to the centre of the retina at the back of the eye. It is found that in women younger than 75, both vitamin D blood levels and consumption of the vitamin from food sources and supplements were linked to a reduced risk of early macular degeneration. They also found that women with the highest vitamin D intake were 59 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those with the lowest.
However, vitamin D absorbed via sunlight is not available. The only way for the women to consume the vitamin is the foods and other supplements. Although the most important source of Vitamin D is generated in the skin when react to sunlight, spending much time under the sunlight do not affect the risk level of macular degeneration.
Now that we know taking the Vitamin D could ward off vision loss from age-related macular degeneration and absorbing Vitamin D via sunlight is not available, we should find out what kind of food we can absorb Vitamin D from. It was discovered the top food sources among the participants were milk, fish, fortified margarine and fortified cereal. Now pay more attention to the daily diet, the less incidence of macular degeneration.