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Diabetic Retinopathyby Dave Foreman
Diabetic retinopathy is the third leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 20, and eventually can impact an estimated two of three diabetics. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the retina often caused as a complication from having diabetes. When blood vessels in the retina are damaged, they may leak fluid or blood, and grow fragile, brush-like branches and scar tissue. This will then cause blurred or distorted vision.
What Are The Symptoms?
Sad to say but you may have this condition for a long time without even knowing it. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and its complications may include:
What Increases Your Risk?
Your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy depends largely on two factors: how long you have had diabetes and what type of diabetes you have. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop diabetic retinopathy. In addition, people with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than people with type 2 diabetes. The following are other known risk factors for developing this form of retinopathy:
Obviously addressing your diabetes is a great way to address "prevention"and "treatment"of this condition. Following my previous article on diabetes recommendations would be a great start. As for working specifically on the eye health part of this, a diet high in natural antioxidants is the best start. Increase your consumption of berries. Pick one. Raspberry, blueberry, black etc. will all help.
Along the same line as berries consumption (nature's antioxidants), a supplement program high in antioxidants is also recommended.The following are some of the more popular eye health antioxidant supplements:
As with all of my past recommendations try to find a nutritional supplement that takes the shotgun approach. Synergy is great in all aspects of health. Find an eye supplement designed to provide high antioxidant levels to the eye. M.D. Select Advanced Ocular Support, Nature's Way Vision With Lutein & Bilberry, Natural Care Optiall, Enzymatic Therapy Doctor's Choice Eye Formula, and Nordic Naturals Eye Synergy are great examples of eye health support products. Please consult with your health care provider and store associate for which formula fits your personal needs.