Fatty fish and eye health

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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.

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