The surgery-free secret to clearing cataracts -- FOR GOOD
Q: Is there a natural way to remove cataracts without surgery?
GR: Sometimes, as we age, we get used to holding the newspaper a mile away... whipping out pocket flashlights to read restaurant bills... and wearing sunglasses so dark that we look like "senior" members of the Secret Service.
What I mean by that, of course, is that our eyes suffer -- we develop visual impairments like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and maybe even cataracts, the clouding of the eye lens that blurs our sight.
Now, most docs love to tell their patients that they can just pop those cataracts right out with a simple surgical procedure -- but as you know, every surgery comes with its own risks.
I always tell my patients that going under the knife should be a last resort -- AFTER they've tried all the natural approaches to addressing the issue.
In the case of cataracts, lowering blood sugar may help clear the clouds away -- because according to a recent study, cataracts is linked to the high blood sugar associated with diabetes.
In a study out of the UK, researchers analyzed the medical records of over 56,000 patients and tracked the incidence of both diabetes and cataracts among them. After the researchers crunched the numbers, it turned out that people with diabetes were TWICE as likely to develop cataracts than those without it.
And here's why: When we have high blood sugar, the lenses in our eyes respond by "drawing out" some of the excess sugar. But since the lenses have nowhere to store it, the sugar literally "condenses" into cataracts over time -- accumulating more and more until that telltale fog blocks our vision entirely.
In this latest study, the cataracts risk increased with age, too: While diabetics in the 45-to-49 age range were nearly five times more likely to develop cataracts than their non-diabetic counterparts, those who were up to just five years older were almost SIX times more likely than non-diabetics in the same age bracket.
That's likely because the longer someone lives with diabetes, the longer their lenses have been grappling with high blood sugar levels.
Following the Paleo diet -- which keeps blood sugar steady by eliminating all sugars, grains, and processed foods -- is an easy way to reverse diabetes (and the resulting cataracts) for good.
The dark leafy greens, animal proteins, fish, nuts, and fruits you'll be eating on the diet are also loaded with nutrients that are essential for eye health, like lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and selenium.
And as I've shared with eTips readers before, a combination of Chinese botanicals called "Hachimi-jio-gan" has been successfully used in China for centuries to treat cataracts.
I also recommend 30,000 IU of vitamin A (not beta-carotene), bilberry, and ginkgo for anyone who wants to treat or prevent cataracts.
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