Comment on “Age-related macular degeneration” (letter to the editor, Parkhurst Exchange, submitted 2008-11-25)

The article “Age-related macular degeneration” Oct 2008, p52) lists the risk factors for AMD as age, genetics, history of smoking, Caucasian race, and diet low in antioxidants. Not mentioned was the association between a lower risk of AMD and higher fish and/or omega-3 fatty acid consumption.

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