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Simple carbs may increase risk of developing macular degeneration

Researchers at Tufts University in Boston have found a possible link between a diet high in simple carbohydrates and risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Participants in a 2007 studycompleted a diet survey and were evaluated for age-

related macular degeneration (AMD). Around 4,100 people in the United States between the ages of 55 - 80 participated in the study. 

Researchers discovered that people who had diets that had a lot of foods with high GI including bread and chips had a higher risk of developing AMD. The study also revealed that those participants who had an above-average intake of high GI foods were at a 49 percent higher risk of a severe form of AMD in which the outside of the retina shrinks significantly

The research team did note that since the survey only highlighted a small portion of the participants' lives that not all factors could be taken into consideration to account for the development of the disease.

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