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Type 2 Diabetes.....The Majority of Blindness in the US is due to Diabetes!
The majority of blindness in the US is due to type 2 diabetes!
Most of diabetic blindness is caused by cataracts or retinopathy.
Diabetic Retinopathy A rough image of the eye:
Diabetic eye disease encompasses several eye problems which can lead to blindness.
Of the 3 listed above diabetic retinopathy is the most commonly seen is type 2 diabetics.
It damages blood vessels via an enzyme known as aldose reductase, is considered part of the problem in both diseases.
In the retina leaky blood vessels prevail, growing of new weaker blood vessels starts the process.
Of all diabetic blindness this type is the most prevalent! (diagram comes from the National Eye Institute)
These weaker blood vessels can and most likely will burst and spill blood into the eyes center.
This is known as the Macula.
When the fluid seeps in the macula swells, known as macula edema.
Now the vision is blurring and there are black spots as you can observe for yourself in the video below.
Our retinas are light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary to see.
As horrible as this disease is like nearly everything relating to type 2 diabetes, it can be avoided if one circumvents the disease itself.
Or is willing to follow a diet that helps to combat worsen the disease.
(Photo from the National Eye Institute) Normal vision:
The 2 boys are well seen.
However with retinopathy seeing is a lot different.
Same scene viewed by a person with diabetic retinopathy.
The vision is 50% gone and there's no cure for a disease that is highly preventable.
Proliferative retinopathy can develop without symptoms.
At this advanced stage, you are at high risk for vision loss.
■ You can aquire both proliferative retinopathy and macular edema and still see quite well.
But if you let your eyesight go without eye exams, you are at high risk for vision loss, that's way past a 50% chance.
■Your eye doctor can tell if you have macular edema or diabetic retinopathy.
Whether or not you have symptoms, early detection and timely treatment can prevent vision loss.
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled and reversed with attention to your diet alone!!
If you do contract (DR) first, you’ll see pockets of blood floating in your eyes you’ll be able to spot them while looking in the mirror.
See your ophthalmologist pronto!
Get an eye exam every 6 months or every year.
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