It is widely accepted in the medical community that those who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk heart and overall fewer health issues. Now from recent research published in Ophthalmology, another health condition can be added. The likelihood of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is decreased in those that adhere to that diet.

Bénédicte M. J. Merle, Ph.D., from the Université de Bordeaux and colleagues examined the association of the presence of AMD in those that follow the Mediterranean diet. The study included 4446 participants aged 55 years or older and another group of 550 participants aged 73 years and older. Findings showed that those individuals that with high adherence to the Mediterranean diet had a noteworthy lower risk for advanced AMD versus those with a low adherence to the diet.

Another reason to have a diet rich in foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fish.