Type 2 diabetes always makes me think of Pandora’s Box.
I know, strange. But hear me out.
In Greek mythology Pandora, the first human woman created by the gods, makes a huge mistake. She opens a box she has no business even touching. And death and countless evils slip out into the world before she can get the darn thing closed again.
A diabetes diagnosis is a lot like that box. It comes with all kinds of unexpected collateral damage.
And as you struggle to get your blood sugar under control (put the top back on the box), you’re at an increased risk for all kinds of evils including heart problems and kidney and nerve damage.
But one of the most devastating of those unexpected complications is blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy cases set to skyrocket 165%
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States. And it can strike in two different ways.
Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause the blood vessels at the back of your eyes to swell and leak fluid. Or it can trigger abnormal new vessels to start growing on the surface of your retinas.
Either way the result is the same, vision problems. And eventually, in some cases, partial or total blindness.
And experts say it’s a growing problem. In fact, they’re predicting diabetic retinopathy cases will skyrocket by 165 percent between 2000 and 2050.
In other words, if you happen to be diabetic you have a very good reason to be concerned about your own eyesight.
But it’s not all bad news.
Obviously getting your blood sugar under control is a number one priority. But researchers have uncovered something we can do to protect our precious eyesight in the meantime.
And you’re not going to believe how simple it is.
Slash diabetic retinopathy risk 48% with “miracle oil”
It turns out eating just two servings of a wild-caught, cold water oily fish a week could send your risk for diabetic retinopathy plummeting.
According to a study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology it takes just 500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids a week (like you’ll find in that miracle fish oil) to slash your risk for the disease by 48 percent.
But you need to make sure you’re getting the right kind of fish to be sure you’re also getting all the eye-protecting benefits. Because, as I’ve explained before, farmed fish tend to be higher in the stuff you don’t want and lower in the stuff you do.
Experts say farmed fish tend to be higher in pesticides and other harmful pollutants such as cancer-linked PCBs. And fish farmers often use antibiotics to fight off the diseases that are so common among fish raised in farms.
Plus farmed fish tends to be lower in the exact nutrients we’re hoping to stock up on, omega-3s. In one study, when researchers compared farmed fish to wild-caught, they had 50 percent less eyesight preserving omega-3s.
Look for wild-caught, U.S., sustainable fish whenever possible.
Some excellent choices include…
And experts say there’s no need to be overly concerned about mercury exposure. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid eating too much fish, of course. But for the rest of us the MANY benefits far outweigh any downsides.
If you’re not a fish fan look for a high quality, purified omega-3 supplement with DHA.
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