Risk of developing cataracts was compared in meateaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
Images thanks to Rakesh Ahuja, MD and the U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons, and the National Eye Institute.
The leading cause of blindness and vision loss is cataracts. We know smoking can increase risk, long-term radiation exposure, what about diet? Earlier this year a study of 27,670 people with a wide range of diets. What they called high meateaters versus moderate meateaters, versus low meateaters, versus fish-only eaters, versus those eating vegetarian, versus those eating vegan.
The reserachers went out of their way to choose health-conscious subjects, so they could factor out smoking, exercise, and other nondiet variables, and so the high meat consuming group? 100 grams a day. That’s like 1 serving in one meal a day. In the U.S. we aver about 330 grams a day, so this is like reverse Starbucks labeling. You know how their small is a tall, well here their high is realkl yquite low by American standards, yet they still found a highly significant trend. Who do you think had the lowest risk of cataracts.
Compared to the modestly high meat group, eating less meat cuts your risk down 4%, tehn 15%, just do fish down 21%, 30% and then a full 40% drop in risk. Overall, compared with meat eaters who consumed !100 g meat and meat products/d, fish eaters, vege- tarians, and vegans had approximately 20%, 30%, and 40% lower risk of cataract, respectively.
It’s like with the diabetes; there appears to be a stepwise reduction as we eat fewer and fewer animal products.
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The concentration of advanced glycation end-products in animal-based foods may help explain this finding; see my video Glycotoxins. In Prevent Glaucoma and See 27 Miles Farther I covered the second leading cause of blindness, glaucoma, and the day before that I covered two other leading causes of vision loss in Preventing Macular Degeneration with Diet, where I also touch on diabetic retinopathy. I have 105 other videos on plant-based diets and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects—I hope you'll check them out