Protect your eyes from diabetes

Happy Labor Day, my friend. Take this day and enjoy it -- spend time with your family as summer starts to wind down.

But if you have diabetes, don't let your guard down... because this isn't just a disease.

It's a WAR, and you've got to fight tooth and nail every single day -- including holidays -- to protect literally everything you hold dear.

This disease can damage your body from head to toe, increasing the risk of everything from dementia to foot amputations.

And while heart disease gets most of the attention, your vision could suffer every bit as much -- because diabetes treats your eyeballs the way a 9 Iron treats golf balls.

Now, new research reveals a way to fight some of the worst damage in your eyes to save your vision.

As luck would have it, it's also one of the best ways to protect your heart, too... making it absolutely perfect for diabetics.

It's the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil -- and the new study finds they can cut your risk of diabetic retinopathy almost in half by protecting the little blood vessels inside your eyes.

Think of those blood vessels as the pipes running just under your floor. If they spring a leak, the whole floor could rot -- especially since you almost certainly won't notice anything wrong until it's much too late and the damage is done.

It's the same story in your eyes.

Those blood vessels can leak, spilling blood and other fluid into your eyes. That's already bad enough -- that alone can set the stage for inflammation and vision loss -- but then something else happens.

New blood vessels form because of those leaks. They think they're helping by picking up the slack from damaged blood vessels.

But they're not.

These new blood vessels are weaker and leak even more, causing the condition to get worse and potentially leading to blindness.

But the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slow or stop that process, perhaps by strengthening those beleaguered blood vessels.

Just 500 mg per day of omega-3s will cut the risk of diabetic retinopathy by 48 percent, according to the study out of Spain.

Along with cutting the risk of vision loss, these healthy fatty acids can cut the risk of heart attack, dementia and more -- and may even help protect your mood, too.

The folks who participated in the new study got what they needed from eating fatty fish roughly twice a week, which is naturally the best way to get omega-3s along with a healthy source of protein.

You'll also find omega-3s in walnuts, and lower levels of them in cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cauliflower -- but the best way to ensure you get what you need is with a quality omega-3 supplement from a maker you trust.