A cataract is a condition of the eye that causes the lens to become clouded, which can significantly hinder sight, especially in later stages of the disease. Surgery is the only cure. Cloudiness occurs due to damage caused to the proteins and fats found within the lens by free radicals. With recent talk of antioxidants, a component found in many healthy foods, and their free-radical, cell-restoring abilities, researchers began to wonder if diet and vitamin supplements might be able to prevent cataracts or slow the progression of the disease. Their findings may surprise you.
Poor Diet May Equal Cataracts for Some
A report published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science discussed the link between cataracts and diets high in carbohydrates and sugars. Of the adults studied, those who ate more carbohydrates were at a three times higher risk for developing cataracts than those who ate relatively few carbohydrates in comparison.
Exciting Research Regarding Diet Changes and Cataract Risk
Research shows that a poor diet may lead to cataracts, but does that mean a good diet can prevent them? Recent research has shown that eating the right foods can decrease the risk for developing cataracts and may even slow the progression of the disease. However, eating healthy isn't enough. To prevent cataracts, you must eat a diet that is high in antioxidants.
Following a TAC Diet To Reduce Cataract Risk
A TAC diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and a small percentage of whole grains - not simple carbohydrates. The diet also includes foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as grapes, blueberries, nuts, dark green veggies, carrots, tea, coffee, beans and fish. Therefore, eating a large quantity and variety of these foods is necessary for both preventing and slowing down the progression of cataracts.
When Diet Isn't Enough
Unfortunately, diet will not work for everyone. For those who already have advanced cataracts that are interfering with their ability to perform daily tasks, surgery is the only option. However, adopting a diet that's rich in antioxidants will help improve the health of the eye and may also prevent cataracts from returning.
As you can see, there is a direct link between cataracts and diet. A healthy diet also poses many other benefits when it comes to eyesight. For this reason, it's a good idea to eat healthy foods rich in antioxidants to enjoy the best eyesight possible. For more information, contact Thomas L. Lawrence, M.D., P.A. or a similar medical professional.