Vitamin D could lessen risk of macular degeneration

April 12, 2011 9:15:29 AM PDT
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent vision loss among people ages 54 and older. But taking vitamin D in your younger years could lessen your risk.

The new study done in women finds higher levels of vitamin D associated with a 59 percent lower risk of developing early macular degeneration in women ages 50 to 75.

The bulk of the vitamin D in the study came from food and supplements. Types of food consumed included fish, fortified margarine and cereal.

The study is in the Archives of Ophthalmology.