Cataracts

5 Tips for Cataract Prevention

Every year, more than 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the U.S., making it a huge cash cow for the medical industry. But what’s lost in the process is how to prevent cataracts from developing in the first place. What exactly are cataracts? They’re opacities or blind spots…

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Two Supplements for Eye Health

…collagen in your blood vessels to become stiff and lose their flexibility. This is a major culprit behind many diabetic complications, including cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. But, the good news is that there are two supplements for eye health that are especially good for protecting your vision…

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6 Ways to Prevent Loss of Vision

Nearly 30 million Americans have cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy and/or macular degeneration, all of which can lead to permanent loss of vision. Although these conditions crop up with increasing frequency as we age, they are by no means normal or inevitable. You can, in fact, preserve your vision…

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Diabetes and Cataracts

…undergo glycation. Likewise, when glycation occurs in the protein-dense lens of the eye, the eye clouds over with cataracts. Because it can take months to years for a cataract to have a noticeable effect on vision once it begins to form, it is important that people managing diabetes have regular…

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Ward Off Vision Loss

…necessitating reading glasses for many. With age, the incidence of retinopathy and other disorders of the retina increases. Lenses cloud over as cataracts form, and central vision may disappear as age-related macular degeneration progresses. Folks, these are serious problems that require aggressive…

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The Multiple Benefits of Carotenoids

…healthful phytochemicals in your blood and tissue, protecting you against many degenerative conditions, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, arthritis, and skin damage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the research that supports these varied benefits…

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5 Vision Health Facts You Should Know

…In one study, women who ate spinach five times a week had a 45 percent reduction in risk of cataracts. Plus, another study found that men who consumed it twice a week had half the risk of cataract surgery compared to those who ate spinach less than once a month. Now it’s your turn: What…

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Antioxidants Are Key When Managing Diabetes

…Studies have shown that high doses of supplemental vitamin E may even reverse damage to nerves caused by diabetes and protect against diabetic cataracts and atherosclerosis. Supplementation with both of these antioxidants is associated with a reduced risk of diabetic retinopathy. If you are living…

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Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

…initiating the chemical reactions that create advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), which are an underlying cause of diabetes complications, cataracts, Alzheimer’s and overall aging. A fructose-free diet may be one of the best ways to avoid these conditions. * Increases risk of gout and…

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Nutrient Spotlight: 3 Primary Antioxidants

…Studies have shown that people with high blood levels of vitamin C have reduced risk of heart disease, and that vitamin C may help delay or prevent cataracts. A high intake of C also supercharges some of your immune system’s most important defense cells, helping them move faster while tracking…

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Benefits of Lutein

…also shown that lutein can lower risk of cataracts. For example, one study found that older women who had the highest levels of lutein (and zeaxanthin, another nutrient that is critical for vision health) were about a third less likely to have cataracts. Other benefits of lutein include: * Helping…

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Opinion Piece Is Just the Latest Example of Fear Mongering

As you may have seen, The New York Times recently published an op-ed titled, “Don’t Take Your Vitamins,” in which Dr. Paul A. Offit claims that supplemental vitamins—particularly antioxidants—can actually be harmful to your health when taken in large quantities. Folks,…

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Preventing Asthma Attacks Naturally

…lifesaving. But asthma drugs also have potentially significant adverse effects. Extended use of oral corticosteroids (prednisone) is associated with cataracts, osteoporosis, and immune suppression; long-acting beta agonists (Serevent, Advair, Symbicort, Foradil) increase risk of severe exacerbations…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

…found that long-term use of B vitamins, along with vitamins A, C, and E, and carotenoids (particularly lutein and zeaxanthin), reduces risk of cataracts. * Boost your energy. Vitamin B12 is an excellent energy booster. This nutrient is a key player in the burning of fats and carbohydrates for…

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