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Dr. Maria Katrina Florcruz, 01 Sep 2013

The Department of Health (DOH) celebrated Sight Saving Month last August with the theme “Alagaan and mata mula bata hanggang pagtanda.” To support the national effort to decrease the prevalence of avoidable blindness in the country, DOH encourages all Filipinos aged 12 years and above to undergo an eye examination.

Dr. Joslyn Ngu, 01 Dec 2014

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Advanced AMD patients report reduced intake of micronutrients

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There are significant differences in intakes of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, folate, and vegetables between patients with late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and healthy controls, according to a recent study, which provides a better understanding of the nutritional intake of patients presenting with advanced AMD.

Compared with controls, patients with late-stage AMD had significantly lower intakes of vitamin E (9.8 vs 7.4 mg/day; p<0.0001), beta-carotene (7,738 vs 6,232 μg/day; p<0.0001), vitamin C (184 vs 161 mg/day; p=0.0002) and folate (602 vs 498.3 μg/day; p<0.0001) but had higher intakes of zinc (11.9 vs 13.0 mg/day; p<0.0001) after multivariable adjustment.

A significantly lower proportion of patients with late-stage AMD met the recommended intake of vegetables than controls (52.9 vs 64.5 percent; p=0.0002).

In this cross-sectional analysis, researchers evaluated dietary behaviours by comparing adjusted mean intakes of micronutrients and major food groups (fruits, vegetables, fish) among patients with late-stage AMD (n=480) and a sample of age‒sex-matched controls with no AMD signs (n=518).

AMD cases (aged >60 years) included those presenting for treatment to a hospital eye clinic in Sydney, Australia, from 2012 to 2015. The healthy controls were obtained from the Blue Mountains Eye Study from 2002 to 2009.

Researchers assessed dietary intake using a semiquantitative food-frequency questionnaire and evaluated AMD lesions from retinal photographs.

“Knowledge of the risk factor profile of patients presenting with late-stage AMD could help identify the most frequent modifiable AMD precursors among people who are referred for treatment,” according to researchers.

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