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Save Your Aging Eyes

Save Your Aging Eyes

Mar 21, 2014 by

As you age, your eyes are especially vulnerable to damage that reduces your ability to see. But researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have found two easy tricks to ward off the problems that imperil your vision. The scientists found that the best way to protect your eyes is to: Stay active and exercise. If you do significant exercise at least three days a week, you cut your risk of visual impairment by 58 percent compared to couch potatoes. Have an occasional drink of wine or beer, preferably about one drink a week or less. The study showed that you cut your risk of sight problems by about 50 percent with very light drinking in...
Are You Eating Your Way To Blindness?

Are You Eating Your Way To Blindness?

Feb 15, 2014 by

Like so many other aspects of declining health today, people consider it normal that your eyesight gets worse with age. Along with gray hair, wrinkles and other “normal signs of aging,” the need for eyeglasses or eye surgery is simply part of the aging process, they believe. But should this always be true? Scientists don’t have a clear explanation as to why eyesight for so many people worsens over time. And in the same way dentists treat your mouth without being concerned about how oral health is related to the rest of the body, eye doctors ignore everything except your eyes -- as though your vision had nothing to do with your overall health. That's a big mistake. And it's a...
The Vitamins That Save Your Eyesight

The Vitamins That Save Your Eyesight

Oct 14, 2013 by

A condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness as you age. To cut your risk of this vision loss, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found three vitamins that can boost eye health. In a study of more than 5,000 women age 40 and older, the scientists found that a combination of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid appears to decrease the risk of AMD. "(Our) trial findings reported herein are the strongest evidence to date in support of a possible beneficial effect of folic acid and B vitamin supplements in AMD prevention," the researchers report. To benefit from the B vitamins, you have to take them for...
What Statin Drugs Can Do To Your Eyes

What Statin Drugs Can Do To Your Eyes

Sep 24, 2013 by

Millions of people take statin drugs like Lipitor or Zocor to lower their cholesterol even though medical researchers have been concerned about the side effects of these medications. And now, research at the University of Texas shows that these drugs can distort your vision. The study looked at the medical records of more than 33,000 people. About 6,000 of them were on statins while the other 27,000 did not take the drugs. The scientists found that statins increased the chances of developing cataracts by 27 percent. The people in the study were between 30 and 85 years old and lived in San Antonio, Texas. The study also showed that the longer you are on statins, the more your risk of...
The Eyes Are Windows To Longer Life

The Eyes Are Windows To Longer Life

Sep 05, 2013 by

Ever since European explorers stumbled around Florida’s swamps looking for the mythical Fountain of Youth, humans have been obsessed with ways to live longer. Surprisingly to some, researchers have discovered that a key to prolonged life may depend on how your eyes are functioning. In a study of Australians over the age of 49, scientists have found that folks with cataract-related vision loss who have cataract surgery to improve how they see live longer than others who choose not to have their eyes fixed. In the 15-year study, the people with improved eyesight were 40 percent less likely to die than those who left their eyes alone. Previous studies had shown that seniors with visual...
Dry Cleaning Chemical Can Ruin Your Vision

Dry Cleaning Chemical Can Ruin Your Vision

Jul 12, 2012 by

If your dry cleaning still smells like chemicals when you pick it up, leave it outside for a while to let the odors dissipate. At least one of the chemicals used in dry cleaning, the solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE), is a neurotoxin that can lead to nerve and vision difficulties. It has also been linked to breast cancer and birth defects. A study led by Boston University School of Public Health shows that exposure to PCE also can harm your ability to distinguish colors. In this research, people who drank PCE in their tap water when vinyl liners were improperly installed in water pipes had trouble identifying colors. The scientists studying this problem believe that this vision defect is...
When The Cure Is In Your Mouth

When The Cure Is In Your Mouth

Dec 12, 2011 by

As I demonstrated last week, a problem with your teeth and gums can cause serious disease in other parts of the body. Arthritic pain, cancer, heart disease, vision trouble and even lack of growth in children often can be linked to what is going on in the mouth. As a result, what seems to be incurable chronic illness can sometimes be reversed by solving a dental difficulty. Consider these case histories and see if they don't convince you of the importance of dealing with dental pathology. Arthritis Pain Sam C. was a 10-year-old boy with a diagnosis of severe JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). He struggled to walk due to the pain and arthritis that afflicted his major and minor joints. His...
For Staying Healthy, The Royal Liver Rules

For Staying Healthy, The Royal Liver Rules

Nov 02, 2011 by

You may think that your brain rules your body, but you can make a strong philosophical argument that the liver really rules your physiology. Yes, the brain is the prime minister that administers the nervous system and many important bodily processes, but the liver is the royal organ that loyally maintains the body's inner workings. So you'd be wise to keep your liver happy if you want to be healthy. The liver is plenty powerful in its role of ruling the kingdom of Bodyland. It removes toxins from the blood, plays a role in protein and hormone synthesis, stores glycogen, and yields bile along with other chemicals that help break down fats and aid in digestion. The liver helps decompose red...
Krill’s Pink Antioxidant Keeps You In The Pink

Krill’s Pink Antioxidant Keeps You In The Pink

May 20, 2011 by

Researchers have found that krill oil's pink color reveals one of its biggest health secrets. The pink pigment in this tiny sea creature can protect your eyes, brain, heart and nerves from the inflammatory damage of early aging. Laboratory tests show that krill oil contains a heavy-duty combination of antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, D and B-complex choline, plus minerals such as potassium, sodium and zinc — all of which are not only beneficial for your continued health, but also sustain the shelf life of the oil. However, the most potent antioxidant in krill oil is astaxanthin. It's a carotenoid that gives krill (a tiny, shrimp-like crustacean found in the Antarctic Ocean) and...
Balance Your Blood Sugar With Supplements

Balance Your Blood Sugar With Supplements

Nov 29, 2010 by

I've always preferred natural remedies to prescription medications. But the recent news regarding Avandia® really hit home. Diabetes is caused when a person has high blood sugar because their body does not respond well to insulin or does not produce enough of the hormone. Diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the U.S., and close to 250 million people worldwide, and Avandia® is one of the most popular drugs taken by diabetic patients. However, major health risks associated with the drug, including death, started surfacing from the year 2000. Avandia® has been associated with a 40 percent increase in the risk of heart attacks, as well as an increased risk of congestive...