Fatty fish and eye health
A Spanish study suggests the risk of developing a diabetes complication that can cause vision and eye health problems may be lowered in diabetics who consume a certain amount of an omega-3 fat found in fish. The six-year study included 3,482 people with type 2 diabetes, and looked at the effects of following a Mediterranean diet (high in vegetables, fruits and healthy fats). The people who consumed the recommended 500 mg/ day of the omega-3 fatty acid were significantly less likely to develop sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy. Consuming just two servings per week of certain fish, such as salmon, lake trout, herring, mackerel and some tuna species, can achieve this. The study’s results were published in JAMA Ophthalmology in August 2016.