Ageing is associated with a host of problems in the body. One of them is macular degeneration—the primary cause of vision loss in silvers. Macular degeneration is said to be the leading cause of blindness in people above 60 years; and this figure is expected to increase in the years ahead. The decline in vision leads to other problems like difficulty in reading, driving, etc, thus causing depression.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the macula, which is the small central portion of the retina of the eye that controls visual acuity. This area is responsible for focussing central vision of the eye and controls our ability to read, drive or perform tasks that require us to see fine detail.
If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, do not despair. There is a wide variety of brightly coloured vegetables that help keep the disease at bay and your vision healthy.
Food to the rescue
Increase the intake of antioxidants—especially Vitamin A (which contains compounds like lutein and zeaxanthin), Vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids—in your daily diet. Present in a range of vegetables and fruits that are yellow or green in colour, these help prevent macular degeneration and keep your eyes healthy. Eat more of such foods and avoid gorging on unhealthy junk food. Ultimately, a healthy diet and lifestyle supports healthy vision.
Here are some value-added foods you can incorporate into your diet:
Yellow pumpkin with cluster beans
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a wok and roast the ajwain. Add the yellow pumpkin and cook for 10 minutes. Add the cluster beans and other spices. Cover the wok, add water on the lid and cook for some time. If you wish, you can garnish it with grated coconut and lime.
Setalvad is an obesity and lifestyle disease consultant who offers diet counselling at Health for You, a wellness clinic in Mumbai, as well as online. Visit www.nainisetalvad.com for more details or write to email@example.com if you have any queries for her
Photos: iStock Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine February 2017
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