“New research suggests people with diabetes may be deficient in vitamin A, and that treatment with this micronutrient could improve early vision loss in the condition.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
A proper supply of vitamin A is vital for the healthy functioning of the eyes. A public health problem in more than half of all countries worldwide, especially in Africa and South-East Asia, vitamin A deficiency is the single most important cause of childhood blindness in developing countries.
People suffering from diabetes are particularly at risk of blindness. This occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the retina, the thin layer of tissue at the back of each eye that converts light into signals which it sends to the brain.
For optimum eye health, as well as ensuring sufficient vitamin A, a variety of additional nutrients are required. These include lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, all of which are essential for the proper functioning of cells in the retina. These nutrients are also important for the health of the macula, the most sensitive spot at the center of the retina, which is responsible for central and color vision.
Other key nutrients for the eyes include the amino acid cysteine, vitamin E and lipoic acid, all of which work together synergistically with vitamin C to protect the functions of the optic nerve, which carries signals and light impulses from the retina to the brain.
The blood vessels that supply blood and nourishment to the eyes are made of cells that require the amino acid arginine for contraction and relaxation, and vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production for supporting blood vessel strength and integrity.
To learn more about the benefits of using synergistic combinations of nutrients to ensure healthy eyesight, read this article on our website.
To discover how diabetes can be prevented and controlled naturally using Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach, see this article on our website.