Vitamin D is usually known to aid in the absorption of calcium, which leads to the optimal bone health, but new study found that adequate vitamin D intake may also help protect against eye disease particularly age-related macular degeneration in women.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that affects nearly 2 percent of people in developed countries, most in the group aged over 50. The sufferers would experience vision problems and even partially blind.
In the study, researchers from Buffalo University, New York, which involved 1313 women found, the participants who aged below 75 with highest vitamin D intake were 59 percent less likely to develop the eye disease than those with the lowest.
However, these results did not apply to vitamin D through sunlight. The association was only seen with women who got the vitamin through foods and supplements.
”More research are needed to confirm this association as well as to better understand the potential interaction between vitamin D status and genetic and lifestyle factors with respect to risk of early age-related macular degeneration”, said Dr Amy Millen as written in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.