Sugar Balance: Circulatory and Retinal Support
Damage occurs to the retina when blood vessels in the eye become enlarged and leak putting pressure on other parts of the retina. In some cases new capillaries grow abnormally crowding the retina structure and distorting and damaging vision.
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The National Institutes of Health attributes blood sugar imbalances as contributing factors not only to diabetic retinopathy, but to cataracts and glaucoma.
Since we consider most eye conditions to be a reflection of the health of the whole body, lifestyle choices and diet can play a major factor in cultivating and maintaining good vision. Below are some recommendations:
Vision loss resulting from blood sugar imbalance may be largely preventable with diligent care by you and from your physician. Certain nutrients such as vandyl sulfate, gymnema sylvestra, chromium, zeaxanthin, lutein, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C and other vitamins, enzymes and omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful.
Diet & Nutrition
- Juice fresh, organic drinks daily. We recommend ginger, garlic, asparagus, leeks, jerusalem artichokes, parsley, spinach, beets, celery, pumpkin, carrots, cabbage, raspberries, chlorophyll, (not too much fruit). Learn more about why juicing is important and effective.
- Drink plenty of purified water daily.
- Eat cold water fish (including salmon, mackerel, sardines) 2-3 times a week.
- Include more fiber in your diet, and nibble rather than gobble.
- Take digestive aids (in a natural form) if needed to improve digestion.
- Certain nutrients such as gymnema sylvestra, vandal sulfate, lutein, zeaxanthin, a number of vitamins & enzymes, and fish oil may help those with diabetic retinopathy and may help to preserve vision.
- Supplementation with nutrients can be helpful.
- Researchers report that patients with diabetic eye disease have lower levels of folic acid and red cell folate levels, and that the greater the deficiency the greater the severity.1
- Researchers find that curcumin, found in turmeric, is a neuroprotective role in treating diabetes.2, 4
- Vitamin D deficiency is associated with risk and severity of diabetic eye disease.3
- Avoid cortisone. This drug raises blood sugar.
- Limit medications you don't really need, working closely with your doctor.
- Exercise is very important for you. A brisk daily or 4-5 days a week walk can be helpful in maintaining overall health. Research demonstrates that those who do not get much exercise have a more difficult time managing their sugar balance.
- Manage weight by maintaining a healthy balanced diet. See dietary recommendations for detailed information.
- Yoga. Research suggests that 12 minutes of yoga6 every day brings about a measurable reductions in inflammation - an issue in diabetic retinopathy.
- Be sure to work closely with your doctor. Don't change insulin or diabetes-related medications without consulting your doctor.
- European researchers have found that optogenetics, in which light-sensing proteins are introduced into the eye, may be helpful in treating retinal degenerative conditions like diabetic retinopathy.
There are two surgical treatments for diabetic retinopathy:
Laser Surgery is used to treat macula edema and proliferative retinopathy (advanced diabetic retinopathy). One type of laser treatment is "focal laser treatment", which seals the leaking vessels. Generally, laser surgery is used to stabilize vision, not necessarily to improve it. A second type of laser surgery is "scatter laser treatment", used for proliferative retinopathy. This treatment shrinks the abnormal blood vessels. Often this can result in side vision loss.
Vitrectomy is an eye operation performed if you have a lot of blood in the vitreous (back of the eye). It involves removing the cloudy vitreous and replacing it with a salt solution. Early vitrectomy is especially effective in people with insulin-dependent diabetes, who may be at a greater risk of blindness from a hemorrhage into the eye.
1. G. Malaguarnera, et al, Folate status in type 2 diabetic patients with and without retinopathy, Clinical Ophthalmology, August, 2015.
2. B. Meng, et al, Effects of Curcumin on TTX-R Sodium Currents of Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons in Type 2 Diabetic Rats with Diabetic Neuropathic Pain, Neuroscience Letters, August, 2015.
3. N. Alcubierre, et al, Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with the Presence and Severity of Diabetic Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Journal of Diabetes Research, May, 2015.
4. M.K. Jeenger, et al, Curcumin: a pleiotropic phytonutrient in diabetic complications, Nutrition, February, 2015