A healthy diet may not only prevent the complications of diabetes, but also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, another common cause of blindness.
Images thanks to Christine Erber via Wikimedia Commons and the National Eye Institute.
More than a million Americans are blind. The four most common causes are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetes.
This, is normal vision. This is with cataracts, this is with macular degeneration, and this is with diabetic retinopathy. And if left untreated they all can end up looking like, this.
We know diabetes, the leading cause of new cases of blindness, and amputations, and kidney failure, can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured with a plant-based diet. But what about the other three common causes of blindness.
Last year researchers looked at the connection between overall diet quality and age-related macular degeneration, but diet quality based on whose criteria? They based it on the Alternative Healthy Eating Index developed by Harvard. You basically get scored 1 thorough 10 based on each food group. If you consume 5 servings of vegetables a day, for example, your vegetable score is a 10, 4 servings of fruits a day get’s you a perfect fruit score. If you eat vegetarian you get a perfect 10 in the meat department, then more whole foods, less trans fats etc. And based on these crititeria, they concluded last year that advanced AMD was significantly related to overall diet quality.
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Plant-based diets may help prevent all four major causes of blindness. I'll cover the other two, glaucoma and cataracts, in my next two videos in this three-part series. See also How to Prevent Diabetes and How to Treat Diabetes. And for an alternative Alternative Healthy Eating Index, see Calculate Your Healthy Eating Score. In addition, please help yourself to the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.