Women should drink milk to ward off eye problems later in life, research shows

13th April 2011

Women who drink milk and other foodstuffs which are rich in vitamin D are substantially less likely to suffer from age-related blindness later in life, new research has shown.

A study completed at the University of Buffalo showed that post-menopausal women who had high levels of the vitamin in their blood were almost two-thirds less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a condition which is not cured by corrective eye surgery.

More than 1,300 women took part in the study in America, which found that Vitamin D consumed in food and supplements altered the chance of developing the condition. It also discovered that vitamin D which comes from sunlight has no effect.

Scientists Dr Amy Millen said: "More studies are needed to verify this association as well as to better understand the potential interaction between vitamin D status and genetic and lifestyle factors with respect to risk of early AMD."

Vitamin D also strengthens bones by regulating calcium, boosts the immune system, and works as an anti-inflammatory.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Millen, Dr Amy, et al: "Vitamin D status and early age-related macular degeneration in post-menopausal women." Archives of Opthamology. 4th April 2011.

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