Sunday, May 31, 2009

Manage Diabetes, Prevent Blurred Vision And Blindness

It is a fact that diabetes, when not managed and addressed, can be a threatening condition that can lead to complications. Although it may be acquired through a genetic predisposition, diabetes can be prevented by implementing a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen. Otherwise, the disease may degenerate through the years until the complications become debilitating. In this day and age wherein speed is the requisite in almost any enterprise, it is essential that health and well-being are maintained. One can hardly get anywhere by harrying and tarrying. As diabetes can put limitations on a person’s way of living when not controlled, preventive measures must be employed to enjoy a fulfilling and good quality of life.

In the United States, blurred vision is foremostly attributed to diabetes. Studies conducted by the American Academy of Opthalmology cited that a diabetic has 25 times more chances of having blurred vision or losing their sight than one who is not afflicted with the condition. That’s 25 times and that is alarming. When a diabetic’s blood sugar fluctuates over time, blurred vision may come and go. Eventually though, the blood vessels in the back of the retina can be damaged with increased blood sugar levels. The longer diabetes is not controlled over time, the consequent problem may not be merely limited to blurred vision but diabetic retinopathy.

In a span of 15 years, a person with poor control of his blood sugar levels may develop negative changes in their eyesight from blurred vision to blindness. Fifteen years is certainly a long time to take your eyesight as a trivial matter, so as early as possible, diabetes must be supervised accordingly. There are two categories of diabetic retinopathy: Non-proliferative and Proliferative. Non-proliferative is generally more common and occurs when the small retinal blood vessels break and leak. Some people don’t take measures to cure non-proliferative retinopathy unless there are indications of blurred vision, hazy central vision and straight lines appearing crooked.

Proliferative retinopathy is the rarer and more severe kind. When this complication besets an individual, there is unusual growth of blood vessels within the retina. The consequences of proliferative retinopathy go beyond blurred vision as the blood vessels are scarred and bleeding. It can thus lead to partial or complete loss of vision. Measures must be taken to detect proliferative retinopathy so that laser surgery can be taken as a measure to correct and reverse the vision loss. During the initial stages of diabetes when blurred vision takes place, it is already a signal to take diabetic measures seriously otherwise the problem will go downhill until it is too late.

If neglected, blurred vision can lead to partial loss of vision to total blindness. It may well be sensible to address blurred vision and potential blindness by managing the blood sugar levels. Diet, exercise and herbal remedies may be helpful in this endeavor. The next step is to regularly see your doctor to monitor blurred vision and to prevent it from worsening. If other symptoms arise, your doctor can tip off any complications that may further crop up later. It is always vital to seek medical attention. So if diabetes is within your gene pool, it is only fundamental that you be wary of your lifestyle-your diet, your habits and your physical activity.

The gift of sight is too wonderful to lose. There is no need for you to go blind as long as proper measures are taken.

By: Dr. Rose Windale

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The author of this article Rose Windale is a Health and Wellness Coach who has been successful with several natural health programs for many years. Rose decided to share her knowledge and tips through her website www.healthzine.org. You can sign up for her free newsletter and enjoy a healthy and happy life.


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