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Stay away from rice and potatoes, macular study says

A study conducted at the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University reveals that a diet that is low on the glycemic index (GI) could help delay the onset of AMD. Middle-aged mice that were fed either a lower or higher GI diet were evaluated in the study. The mice that were fed the lower GI diet developed fewer and less-severe age-related lesions in the retina than those that were fed the higher GI diet. Those lesions that developed included basal laminar deposits which usually develop in the human retina after the age of 60. These deposits are the earliest warning sign of AMD. This is the first study to demonstrate a connection between a delay in the development of AMD-like lesions and a lower GI diet.*

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