The diabetes risk you can’t see
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the scariest consequences of type 2 diabetes. One that most people don’t think about until it’s too late. Which might explain why rates are skyrocketing.
A group of researchers recently analyzed data from 35 studies around the world. They found that more than 92 million people in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
Based on these figures, scientists believe that in just 20 years, a whopping 180 million people will have this sight-robbing disease.
What exactly is diabetic retinopathy? It’s damage to the retina, the nerve tissue at the back of the eye that transmits visual images to the brain. This damage is caused by out-of-control blood sugar and inflammation. Damage that changes tiny blood vessels supplying the retina.
Eventually, it causes bleeding and scarring. And it’s this scar tissue that threatens eyesight.
The problem is, there often are no signs of diabetic retinopathy until it’s serious.
So what can you do?
There are two ways to prevent diabetic retinopathy–or keep it from getting worse.
First, keep your blood sugar levels under control. Easier said than done, right? Not really. In fact, following my New Hamptons Health Miracle makes this step practically effortless.
Also, make sure your blood vessels are getting all the support they need. This won’t just protect your retinas, but every critical organ in your body. They all depend on the small blood vessels and capillaries to deliver the oxygen-rich blood that keeps them operating up to par.