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New research finds promise in fatty acids to combat age-related vision loss

Posted by RHHAdmin on May 31, 2012 8:14:46 AM

As adults age, many notice their bodies do not work as well as they used to. Whether it's sudden loss of hearing or not being able to move around as much, getting older can have a negative effect on the body.

However, there are ways to help stave off the effects of aging. A new study from the University of Alberta reveals that fatty acids found in fish may be able to protect the eyes from age-related vision loss. The researchers observed lab models that were fed DHA, a common fatty acid found in fish, and noted the subjects did not accumulate a toxic molecule at the back of the eyes, which typically builds up with age.

"In normal aging, this toxin increases two-fold as we age," said study leader Yves Sauve. "But in lab tests, there was no increase in this toxin whatsoever. This has never been demonstrated before - that supplementing the diet with DHA could make this kind of difference."

Older adults who are already experiencing some vision loss may want to look into a private care attendant who can help them with day-to-day activities.

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