Speaking to one interview, the head doctor of research, Robert C. Sergott, remarked how “ophthalmology and neurology are inextricably linked.”
The doctor was right. There are many ways in which the health of your brain provides indicators to the state of your neurological health, particularly your retina and your optic nerve. These features of your eyes can provide early indicators for the onset of a stroke, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, even dementia.
In one study on retinopathy, the tiny blood vessels in a patient’s eye directly correlated with a malady in the tiny vessels of your brain. This puts many patients at the risk of losing their full mental capacity and at even further risk of memory loss.
But where does retinopathy originate? How can you be working to prevent it in your daily life? Retinopathy is a symptom of high blood pressure and is an early indicator for the onset of type-2 Diabetes. It is also one of the foremost leaders of causing blindness in the America.
Many doctors are looking to the onset of Type-2 Diabetes as a correlating risk factor to the development of retinopathy in your eyes. Managing cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin levels can therefore work to a great extent in managing the triggers which lead to retinal pressure on your eye vessels.
Taking steps in your own life to address the potential of diabetes in your own life, and therefore in managing blood sugar and blood pressure, is the best way to control retinopathy. For most Americans, this starts with subtle changes in their diet.
Here are 10 easy foods to add into your diet to help prevent diabetes and control for retinopathy in your eyes.
- Leafy Green Vegetables.
Leafy green vegetables as a part of your daily regimen is the best change you can make to your diet to control for the onset of diabetic retinopathy.
They are stuffed with eye health vitamins and minerals that no other food can provide, including antioxidants (which help decrease pressure on your optic nerve), Vitamin A ( and essential eye health vitamin), and Zinc (Vitamin A’s key activating nutrient).
Eggs help decrease inflammation in your body, but also can work to control insulin sensitivity and healthy cholesterol levels.
Eggs also happen to be jam-packed with Lutein, an anti-oxidant which is a powerful carotenoid that works to protect your vision from eye related diseases like cataracts and Macular Degeneration.
Turmeric is used for inflammation support by sustaining healthy blood cells and aiding your body through the repair of your cells telomeres—it works as both against aging, foggy vision, and joint pain.
The Journal of Phototherapy Research conducted a study that gave supplements of turmeric to patients suffering eye inflammation, and in just two weeks the symptoms of every eye patient had improved!
Supplement companies like Mojo Insight amplify the benefits of turmeric by combining the spice with Bioperine pepper extract, improving its effects by 2000%.
Strawberries are widely hailed as a superior fruit to your bodily health. This is mainly due to the presence of anthocyanins, which have shown both to diminish cholesterol levels and stabilize insulin levels after consumption.
Studies have also been shown to reduce blood sugar, even symptoms which accompany coronary heart disease.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a delicious side dish to many meals. So much so, that many people forget that they are also a super food which will reduce blood sugar and help you maintain a low glycemic index.
Not only are sweet potatoes high in fiber, they are jam packed with nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin A, both of which are essential to healthy blood vessels, including eye vessels.
As Will’s Eye Hospital continues to delve into eye related research, we are bound to see more and more connections between the state of your eyes, your brain, and the blood that sustains them.