Diabetic Retinopathy FAQ's
Q: Why take nutritional supplementation?
A: Nutritional support along with a proper diet can help reduce the effects of diabetes on the eyes. Anyway that you can combine a natural support with the program your doctor prescribes will help reduce your need for insulin, improve your breakdown and utilization of sugar, and potentially partially regenerate pancreatic B-cells which produce insulin.
Q: What products and nutrients can help me?
A: We recommend a combination of the products listed on this page. Call us with any questions at 845.255.7222.
Q: Can't I get these nutrients from food?
A:A healthy diet is the best way to get essential nutrients for the body, but as we age, we tend to absorb less nutrients through our digestive system and less nutrients get distributed effectively due to poorer circulation. Therefore, targeted supplementation for both prevention and related to eye disease as we age can further help preserve healthy vision as well as reduce the risk for eye disease.
Q: How long will I have to take the nutrients?
A: You may find that you can start reducing the amount of insulin you take within 1-2 weeks of starting the above regimen. You will probably have to continue taking these nutrients for the rest of your life. Please note that it is very important to monitor your blood sugar levels on a daily basis to adjust your medications as needed.
Q: When will I notice an improvement?
A: We are initially looking for a stabilization of the effects of diabetes on your eyes over 3-6 months. Over time you may experience an actual improvement of your vision. Much of the benefits we are looking for also depend on your lifestyle and diet.
Q: Do other diseases contribute to my problems with diabetes?
A: Yes, it is important to manage chronic diseases like high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol, osteoporosis, and indigestion. If you suffer from obesity, it's very important to lose weight.
Q: Can I take these nutrients with other medications?
A: Check with your doctor is you have any questions or concerns about these nutrients and the medications you are taking.
Q: Are there any contraindications?
A: If you have a bleeding condition or are on anticoagulants (blood thinners), do not increase your level of essential fatty acid intake, ginkgo biloba or Vitamin E except on the advice of our doctor.
Q: Are there specific juicing recommendations for diabetic retinopathy?
A: Yes, focus on ginger, garlic, asparagus, leeks, spinach, jerusalem artichokes, parsley, pumpkin, beets, celery, cabbage, carrots, chlorophyll, raspberries (not too much fruit).
Q: Can I take these nutrients with my vitamins?
A: Typically yes, but make sure you are not duplicating nutrients from one formula to the other.
Q: Are these products available in stores?
A: Most are only available through licensed health care professionals.
Q: Can my friends or relatives order these products?
A: Yes, just have them call, email us, or order on-line at this website.
DO'S: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, minimize stress, get regular daily exercise, eat cold water fish (including mackerel, salmon, sardines) two to three times a week (try to avoid farmed fish), increase fiber in your diet, eat slowly, try to eliminate allergenic substances from your surroundings and diet, find ways to reduce stress, take digestive aids (natural form) if needed to improve digestion.
DONT'S: Don't smoke, drink caffeine, sodas or alcohol (except a glass of red wine after dinner may be good for your eyes or an occasional beer), avoid foods with artificial sweeteners or hydrogenated/transfatty fats, avoid cortisone, which elevates blood sugar.