Retinopathy is any damage caused to the retina of the eyes, which may cause vision impairment. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when glucose overloads the tiny blood vessels in your eyeballs and causes them to swell, split, and fill your eyes with vision-blocking gunk.
So, needless to say, keeping your blood sugar in check is one way to keep retinopathy from stealing your vision, as it does with so many diabetics.
Keep your eyes on the prize
However, according to a new study that may not be enough because the longer you live with diabetes, the greater your risk of suffering with retinopathy as a complication… even more so if you use insulin to control your blood sugar.
For the study, researchers analyzed the data of 400 diabetic adults from a national database over a three-year period. Their results showed that for every 1 per cent increase in the concentration of sugar in a person’s bloodstream (HbA1c), there was a 50 per cent increase in their risk of developing retinopathy.
The real shocker is that the researchers also found that for every five years a person lived with diabetes their risk of suffering damage to their retina increased by as much as 40 per cent.
People using insulin to manage their blood sugar increased their odds of developing retinopathy by 13 times!
These results are staggering and they spell only one thing: It’s time to try to reverse your diabetes before it steals your vision.
Now, I know this is something that the mainstream will tell you is impossible. But many type 2 diabetes sufferers, especially those in the early stages, have seen huge success by following a few simple steps.
First of all, go Paleo! This diet eliminates the sugars, grains, and processed foods that can spike your blood sugar while focusing on fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, nuts, and seeds. It’s also been shown in studies to reduce insulin resistance for good.
What’s more, just a couple of hours of exercise a week can bring blood sugar down low enough that it’s no longer in the diabetic range – without drugs!
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Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Eyes of Millions of Americans, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/diabetes-threatens-kidney-eyes/2017/09/14/id/813539/