Archive for the ‘Food and Vision’ Category

Higher Vitamin D status associated with decreased risk for Type II diabetes

According to the Framingham Offspring Study researchers found that those patients with higher vitamin D status had a 40% lower incidence of diabetes

Supplementation of Lutein in diet may help slow progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa

In a study published in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology it was reported that supplementation with the carotenoid lutein slowed the progression of the visual field loss in patients with RP who are treated with Vitamin A.

Two New Studies Highlight genetic link between age related macular degeneration and cholesterol

Both AMD and elevated cholesterol seem to share a particular variant of a gene known as LIPC which regulates high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood. There isn’t a direct cause-and-effect relationship but it is possible that the eye disease might have something to do with how the body transports nutrients in the blood.

Control Your Hypertension!

Hypertension raises the risk for stroke, heart disease, heart failure, kidney disease and damage to the eyes. You can control your blood pressure by controlling diet (reduce the amount of salt and make sure you consume enough potassium), utilizing diuretics or similar medications, get enough sleep, reduce your stress, control your weight, exercise and reduce […]

Open Your Eyes to Healthy Eating!

By eating foods rich in six nutrients a person can help protect their sight, according to the American Optometric Association. Those nutrients include lutein and zeaxanthin (colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, green beans, peas, oranges and tangerines), essential fatty acids (fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, or herring, whole-grain foods, […]

Eating for Eye Health

In a recent article that was published in About.com newsletter they recommended certain vitamins and nutritional supplements for maintaining eye health. Lutein (10mg/day) is one of more than 600 naturally known carotenoids found to be present in a concentrat ed area of the retina (macula) and protects the eyes from oxidative stress and high-energy light. […]

Study links low levels of vitamin D to high blood pressure

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that teenagers with the lowest vitamin D levels were more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure and blood sugar and were four times more likely to have metabolic syndrome, defined as having three or more conditions that contribute to heart disease […]

Researchers identify protein…

Researchers identify protein that may prolong lives of retinal cellsResearchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have identified a protein (histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4) that is naturally produced typically involved in the regulation of bone and muscle development. Researchers found that increasing quantities of this protein to above normal levels appears to protect the lifespan […]

B vitamins lower risk of age-related macular degeneration

Study indicates B vitamins lower risk of age-related macular degeneration in womenA study performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital by collecting data from=2 0a cardiovascular disease trial involving more than 5,200 women over 40 who reported that they did not have AMD at the start of the study. These women had been randomly assigned to […]