Halting Diabetic Retinopathy: Every Diabetic Patient’s Guide to Preserving Vision

diabetic retinopathyDiabetic retinopathy is a vision-stealing effect of diabetes. What causes diabetes, and how can you prevent it? Can diabetic patients prevent this eye disease? What can you do to halt diabetic retinopathy? How can patients preserve their vision?

Step 1: Don’t Get Diabetes

Avoiding Type 1 Diabetes is a virtual impossibility. Doctors do not know why the immune system attacks the pancreas. The underlying cause is typically genetic, but a trigger also seems to be needed. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in childhood and represents less than 10% of diabetic cases. Continue reading “Halting Diabetic Retinopathy: Every Diabetic Patient’s Guide to Preserving Vision”

Can Omega-7 Fish Oil Reduce Dry Eyes and Metabolic Syndrome?

chronic inflammation leads to metabolic syndromeScientists recently discovered a fat molecule that they called “palmitoleic acid”, a type of Omega-7 fatty acid. The substance appears to have special anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-7 occurs in certain fish oils and nuts. You may have heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, which come mostly from cold water fatty fish. Omega-3s reduce inflammation and heart disease risk. Omega-6 fatty acids occur in primarily in nuts and seeds, vegetable oil and grains. Omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. Omega-7s are monounsaturated fats, similar to olive oil. How are these types of fats different? What makes palmitoleic acid so important for preventing Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome? Should you get them through food or supplements? How much should you take? Continue reading “Can Omega-7 Fish Oil Reduce Dry Eyes and Metabolic Syndrome?”

Glaucoma Study Finds Lower Intra-ocular Pressure from Mindfulness Meditation

meditation and glaucomaAccording to a small study published in the Journal of Glaucoma, a short course of mindfulness meditation reduced intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). The practice also normalized stress biomarkers and positively modified gene expression. Mindfulness meditation may be a therapeutic resource to reduce IOP and help glaucoma patients.

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Low Antioxidant Levels Tied to Cataracts

cataract in one eyeA study conducted in North India found that people with low levels of antioxidants had higher levels of cataracts.1 A meta-analysis in 2015 found that too little vitamin E increased the risk of developing cataracts.2 Diabetes and fluctuations in blood sugar levels are risk factors for cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of total blindness in the world. Whether you have access to cataract surgery or not, prevention is better than disease. Scientists have studied specific nutrients and their links to cataract formation. What can you do to help prevent cataracts? Which fruits, vegetables, and other foods reduce cataract risk? If you have already developed cataract, can you do anything? Continue reading “Low Antioxidant Levels Tied to Cataracts”

Biohacking the Eyes for Vision Health

biohackingBiohacking refers to hacking human biology. The term “hacking” implies rogue, off-road, off-label, do-it-yourself activities. It stems from computer terminology, referring to illicitly defeating security protocols. However, the term has evolved to mean solving problems by undermining the established methods.

Regarding vision health, we have identified three types of biohacks: Nutrition Biohacks (Nutrigenomics), Quantified Self Biohacking (personal tracking devices), and Grinders (cyborgs devices). Continue reading “Biohacking the Eyes for Vision Health”

Avastin as Effective as Lucentis for Wet AMD

macular degeneration eyesA study, led by Dr. Daniel Martin, an ophthalmologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute, has found that the cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) offers macular degeneration patients the same benefits as the drug Lucentis (ranibizumab), which was specifically formulated to treat the disease. Continue reading “Avastin as Effective as Lucentis for Wet AMD”

Glaucoma Update: Dr. Marc Grossman Announces New Mirtogenol Formula for Eye Pressure

eye examMirtogenol® has been shown to reduce eye pressure, which is a risk factor and symptom of glaucoma. A combination of bilberry extract and French maritime pine bark, Mirtogenol was the first nutrient combination shown to support healthy eye pressure. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the world. By reducing intra-ocular pressure (IOP), Mirtogenol naturally supports glaucoma. Glaucoma leads to irreversible optic nerve damage and vision loss. Dr. Marc Grossman, OD, L.Ac. and author of “Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing” has released a new Eye Pressure Support Ease Formula With Mirtogenol Plus. Continue reading “Glaucoma Update: Dr. Marc Grossman Announces New Mirtogenol Formula for Eye Pressure”

Natural Ways to Help Lower Cholesterol

There are a number of food sources that lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease and cut the risk of Macular Degeneration naturally. These include olive oil, oat bran, apples, walnuts, red rice yeast, omega-3 fatty acids, and nattokinase.

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There are several foods that help lower cholesterol levels.

Foods that are high in soluble fiber help reduce cholesterol. Soluble fiber draws water into the gut, softening stools and promoting regularity. Gut-friendly bacteria eat soluble fiber. Dietary fiber can be soluble or insoluble. Women should get 25 grams of dietary fiber per day, and men should get 38 grams per day. However, few Americans regularly reach this recommended daily amount (RDA). Continue reading “Natural Ways to Help Lower Cholesterol”

Phytonutrients for Your Eyes and Brain: Love Your Fruits and Vegetables

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Mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables – but why? Modern researchers are finding more and more about antioxidants for health. Scientists publish mountains of peer-reviewed research a year on antioxidants found in fruits and veggies. One type of antioxidant is called “phytonutrients.” Found in plant pigments, phytonutrients are especially good for the eyes and brain. How do phytonutrients slow the impact of aging and reduce disease risk? Which foods contain significant amounts of the best types of phytonutrients?

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Diabetic Retinopathy: The Four Stages

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Diabetic Retinopathy is damage to the retina from poor blood sugar control. All types of chronic diabetes can cause retinal damage. The retina, at the back of the eye, is neural tissue. Tiny blood vessels, called capillaries, in the retina swell and leak. How often should diabetic patients visit their eye doctors? What are the four stages of diabetic retinopathy?

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