Eye Sight : How Much Do You Know About Macular Degeneration?

Sam McManis

Macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans, can be regulated by diet, according to Tufts University research published in the journal Ophthalmology.

Take our quiz about foods that can raise or lower the incidence of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.

1. Foods high on the glycemic-index scale can contribute to AMD. Which food rates the highest in glycemic index?

a) Baguette

b) Ice cream

c) Parsnips

2. Which fruit rates the lowest on the glycemic index?

a) Cherries

b) Bananas

c) Pineapple

3. Among other items, Tufts researchers recommend eating which food often to change blood sugar more gradually?

a) Baked potato

b) Lentils

c) Puffed wheat cereal

4. True or false: The nutrient beta carotene significantly affected AMD risk in the study.

5. What is one of the main non-dietary risk factors for AMD, according to Tufts:

a) Smoking

b) Gender

c) Both

ANSWERS: 1: c (parsnips: 97; baguette: 95; ice cream: 61); 2: a (cherries: 22; banana: 54; pineapple: 66); 3: b; 4: false; 5: c

Sources: www.tuftshealthletter.com; www.glycemicindex.com

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