cataracts

  1. Cataracts linked to diabetes

    Stop your cataracts... BEFORE they start!

    It's one of the leading causes of vision loss on the entire planet.

    And because it sinks in so slowly, you could be at risk for this condition right now... and not even know it!

    Now, the latest research exposes one of the biggest risk factors for cataracts.

    It's not just age, as most doctors will tell you.

    It's not just meds, even though some of them -- including statin drugs -- can wreck your eyesight even faster than age.

    It's another disease, one that 100 million Americans either already have or are at risk of getting.

    It's diabetes -- and if you've got it, you could be developing cataracts right now, even if you've never so much as needed a pair of reading glasses.

    The new study finds that folks with diabetes not only face double the risk of cataracts or more, but they can start at earlier-than-ever ages and become more severe when they do strike.

    It's easy to see how it happens, too.

    When you have diabetes, you're often struggling to keep up with all of the risks you're facing.

    There are heart problems... pain problems... infection problems... and even a chance of amputation.

    If that's not enough, diabetes can also wreck your brain from the inside, leading to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    With all of those risks to worry about, it's easy to see why cataracts get overlooked.

    By the time you realize what's happening, they're already forming -- and soon, you're left struggling to see. You may even be unable to drive.

    If there's any good news here, it's that cataracts can be knocked out with a simple surgery.

    It's certainly better than going blind... but it's no picnic, either.

    But there's another option -- a way to avoid both the cataracts and the surgery -- and I'm going to help you do just that.

    The new study doesn't show why diabetes causes those cataracts, but it's almost certainly the excess blood sugar, which can damage your eyes in any number of ways.

    Keep your glucose under control, and you can help stop those cataracts from forming.

    Even better, you can help cut your risk of diabetic retinopathy, another major cause of blindness. And unlike cataracts, retinopathy can't be fixed with a quickie operation.

    Despite what your doc might tell you, the best way to control blood sugar isn't with your meds.

    It's with your diet.

    Make the switch to a grain-free, low-sugar, and limited-carb diet based on the Mediterranean lifestyle, and you can help bring your glucose under control and protect every part of your body... including your eyes.

  2. Cataracts slowed by vitamin C

    Slow cataracts with this safe and simple vitamin

    There’s nothing I enjoy more than being out on front with the latest in cutting-edge research in natural medicine. But while new breakthroughs are certainly exciting, let’s not forget the tried-and-true.

    There’s a reason we call them the “basics,” and that’s because they’re proven beyond all doubt that they’re an essential part of your daily support – and there’s not much out there that’s more basic or more essential than vitamin C.

    It can boost the immune system and fight everything from cancer to the common cold.

    And if you’re a little older, new research spots one absolutely critical reason to make sure you get enough C: It can protect your eyes from one of the leading causes of vision loss in seniors.

    If you’re up there in years, you no doubt have a few friends with cataracts. Some may have had surgery… others are trying to put it off as long as possible.

    You might even have the makings of one yourself, watching as the blur starts to creep into your vision.

    Let it go too far, and eventually it’ll become impossible to do the important stuff that helps you keep your independence, like drive and cook.

    If you need the surgery, of course, you should get it. But no one likes to go under the knife, especially for an eye procedure where you’re expected to be awake – and with those same eyes wide open – during the surgery.

    That’s where vitamin C comes in, because the new study finds higher levels of this essential antioxidant can slow the progression of your cataracts by 33 percent, keeping your lens clear and vision sharp.

    That, in turn, can help you delay the need for surgery or even avoid it altogether.

    And that’s not all vitamin C can do for your eyes, either.

    While this study finds the nutrient can slow the progression, at least two others have found that higher levels of the vitamin can help make sure you never even get those cataracts in the first place.

    The new study finds the benefit goes to folks who get their C from food rather than vitamins; so if you want the biggest boost, make sure you eat plenty of the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels.

    The single best source isn’t an orange – or orange juice – but the tropical papaya. If papayas aren’t your thing, you can also find plenty of C in a diverse range of fresh produce including bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries.

    For more on cataracts, including how to slow them, stop them and even prevent them from striking in the first place, pick up a copy of my best-selling book, Prescription for Natural Cures.

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  3. Antioxidants prevent vision problems

    Boost your antioxidants and you could cut your risk of cataracts by 13 percent, according to a new study.
  4. Statin drugs can rob you of your vision

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can increase your risk of cataracts by more than a quarter, according to new research.
  5. Feeling tired? Could be your statin

    Women who take statins have a higher risk of fatigue, with up to 40 percent experiencing the condition while on the cholesterol-lowering meds.
  6. Statins for the masses

    Pfizer is getting ready to take a multibillion-dollar loss this fall when it loses patent protection on the best-selling drug of all time. But don't expect them to sit back and watch Lipitor's $11 billion a year in sales go down the drain. The Wall Street Journal says the company is hatching a plan to have its cholesterol-lowering drug sold over the counter.
  7. The real reason for Prozac Nation

    Who's responsible for the antidepressant frenzy that's led to 10 percent of all Americans taking these dangerous meds? If you guessed shrinks, you're only partly right. Fact is, there's been a stunning rise in the number of non-psychiatrists dishing out mood drugs.
  8. Statins on the ropes

    Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration examined 14 trials involving more than 34,000 low-risk statin patients--influential studies used to push these drugs on millions--and found serious flaws in the research.

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