April 08, 2020

Wine may reduce risk of macular degeneration

NEW YORK — Drinking moderate amounts of wine might lower the risk of an eye disease that’s a leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in the elderly.

In a large study of people ages 45 to 74, researchers found that wine drinking was associated with lower rates of age-related macular degeneration.

The disorder, which impairs sight in about 1.7 million Americans over 65, robs people of their sharp central vision needed for activities such as reading and driving.

The study found the lowest risk in people who reported having only about one drink of wine a month, but because of faulty recall that could really be two or three drinks, said Dr. Thomas Obisesan, chief of the geriatrics section at the Howard University Hospital in Washington.

Beer and liquor showed no significant effect on the risk of the disorder.

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