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Posted on 05-27-2016

Could Sugar Intake Make Eyesight Worse?

By: Brett Brimhall

Diabetes is highly prevalent in the United States and getting worse much of the time as food-processing Could Sugar Intake Make Eyesight Worse?companies place sugar in most foods and intake of sodas and other sugar-laden drinks continues to rise. That same sugar intake might do more than cause diabetes in many people. Results of a new study suggests the onset of diabetes might portend a coming negative effect on people’s vision. So if parents or their children like to drink a lot of sodas and other highly sweetened beverages as well as sugary foods, like candy and other types of junk food, the impact on the eyesight of them and their family members could be quite bad.

Diabetes Might Herald Pending Loss of Eyesight

The new study conducted by researchers from Indiana University could affect how some 25 million Americans who have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can damage theretinas of eyes by gradually depriving them of red blood cells and killing them. The retina contains a collection of nerve cells that capture light. When damaged, the sight process no longer works, and diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in U.S. citizens who are under 75 years of age. With the proliferation of soda drinks, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, sweetened foods and other sources of sugar, diabetes and related eyesight problems are becoming more prevalent in the United States. And being diagnosed with diabetes many times results in a sudden decrease in eyesight due to the ill-effect on the retinas.

Adjusting Sugar Intake Might Help

Researchers could not find a definitive correlation between sugar intake the ability to control diabetes and its impact on eyesight. But they noted surprise at how rapidly the retinas can deteriorate shortly after the onset of diabetes. The extent of early-stage retinal damage observed during the study suggested rapid deterioration of retinal tissue shortly after diabetes manifested itself in participants. So it would seem those who do not have diabetes would do well to closely monitor sugar intake and help prevent potential retinal damage and loss of sight.

Of the foods you regularly eat, how many have sweeteners added and a high sugar content?

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