ORSF Symposium's Emily Chew Discusses Her New Study
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:29AM
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ORSF is honored to have Emily Y. Chew, MD, of the National Eye Institute (NEI) participate in our June 2013 Symposium on the Aging Eye. She recently published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on supplements and macular degeneration. 

Some of the findings included:

To probe whether the addition of lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to the currently recommended supplement offers benefit, the AREDS team conducted a randomized study of 1608 participants comparing progression of macular degeneration among individuals taking the original supplement plus lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids or the original supplement plus placebo. They did not find any additional reductions in progression in the group receiving the add-on supplementation. They did, however, find that former smokers taking the original supplement (current smokers were excluded from groups receiving beta carotene) had an increased rate of lung cancer compared with those taking a revised version of the original supplement that substituted lutein and zeaxanthin for beta carotene.

JAMA conducted a Q & A with Dr. Chew about her study. Read it here.

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