diabetic retinopathy

  1. Stop diabetic retinopathy by eating more salmon

    Save your sight with this miracle meal from the sea

    If you've got diabetes, you've probably learned that it's not just about your blood sugar.

    The disease can come with a host of other issues... like cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and nerve pain.

    And then, of course, there's the BLINDNESS.

    And now, a new study finds that you can cut your risk of diabetic retinopathy if you're battling diabetes -- just by eating more salmon!

    This is big news -- because diabetes is one of the nation's leading causes of vision loss in adults.

    Diabetic retinopathy occurs when your blood sugar levels get so high that it overloads the tiny blood vessels in your eyeballs and causes them to swell. After ballooning, they'll split and fill the eyes with blood and other vision-blocking gunk that doesn't belong there.

    But new research out of Spain says that just two servings of fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon can lower this risk, and keep your vision from clouding... or going away completely.

    In the study, the folks who got 500 mg of omega-3s from eating fish daily cut their risk by nearly half (actually 48 percent).

    For you, that means eating about six ounces of salmon, twice a week.

    This diet change works because eating more omega-3s reduces inflammation.

    Let's not forget the host of other benefits of omega-3s beyond protecting your eyes... like improving attention spans and reducing stroke risk.

    Just make sure it's wild caught salmon, so you can get the maximum nutrients available in the fish. It's great poached, smoked, roasted, or even grilled on a skewer -- but if the taste isn't really your thing, you can also benefit from other fish that are rich in omega-3s, like mackerel, herring, tuna, and sardines.

    You can also get your omega-3s from a supplement -- just make sure it's a high quality one (not one of the bargain bin types) from a maker you trust, and that it has both EPA and DHA.

    You've probably heard that you should eat carrots for good eyesight ever since you were a whippersnapper. And it's true -- because carrots are full of carotenoids that help keep you from flying blind.

    The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are also commonly found in many yellow-colored fruits (peaches, papaya, squash) and green leafy vegetables -- and they've been shown to lower your risk of AMD.

    And there are even MORE natural remedies that can also prevent vision loss and help protect your eyesight.

    The flavonoid quercetin can prevent retinopathy and slow down the process that leads to macular degeneration (AMD) -- and it's found in many berries, as well as vegetables and tea. Likewise, the micronutrient resveratrol is found in many dark berries and red grapes and it has been shown to reduce the complications of diabetes, like retinopathy.

    And spices like curcumin and saffron can reduce inflammation, prevent against damage of diabetic retinopathy, and improve AMD.

  2. Protect your eyes with resveratrol

    Resveratrol can fight vision loss

    Can a glass of wine protect your eyes and fight macular degeneration, as all the recent headlines claim?

    Well... no... but pour yourself a glass and drink up -- it's good for you anyway -- while I pour some cold water on the new study.

    This one, on mice, finds that resveratrol -- the so-called "red wine antioxidant" -- can block the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes and even cause the ones that are already there to vanish.

    Those abnormal blood vessels are what ultimately lead to macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. It might also help fight other forms of vision loss, including diabetic retinopathy.

    So far so good... so what's my beef with it? Nothing, if we're just talking about resveratrol.

    But as far as red wine goes, you'd have to polish off several bottles a night to get amounts equivalent to what was used in the new study.

    That won't protect your vision. That'll give you a permanent blur -- not to mention a wobble when you walk.

    You see, the media can't resist hyping the "red wine" angle for any study on resveratrol. But truth is, red wine might be great for your health -- any alcohol is, in moderation -- but it's not a great source of resveratrol.

    So if you want to get this or any other benefit of resveratrol, get your hands on a quality supplement. You'll find resveratrol sold on its own or as part of an antioxidant blend.

    And feel free to wash it down with that glass of wine.

    PS: If you really want to protect your peepers, take some fish oil. Fish oil can reduce the risk of both forms of AMD -- "wet" and "dry" -- by a third or more. Learn more in this free report from the Daily Dose archives.

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