High blood sugar levels can lead to various eye diseases, but the basics of how they develop are the same:
When you eat or drink too many carbohydrates or sugar, the pancreas releases large amounts of insulin. This excess sugar can lead to inflammation that can damage the blood vessels, including those found in the eyes.
Cataracts are when there is clouding on the eye lens, which are clear under normal circumstances. Cataracts are usually caused due to aging, as the eye lens goes through continues cycles of breaking down and regenerating which becomes less effective over time.
High blood sugar levels can cause swelling inside the lens and create a bubble-like object that we call a vacuole.
This is the most common cause of blindness in older people, and is known as age-related macular
degeneration (AMD). The job of the macula is to bring images into focus, and when it gets damaged we
have a difficult time doing activities where we need to be able to focus on smaller objects for example
reading small print, sewing or doing hobbies which include working with tiny objects.
Causes of this can include smoking, high blood pressure and a family history of AMD.
Early signs of macular degeneration include a blurry spot in the center of your field of vision, objects
appear less detailed and you may have difficulty reading books with smaller prints.
A recent study revealed that diabetes sufferers are at a bigger risk of developing damage to the optic nerve, as well as glaucoma.
Glaucoma in its two most common forms – open angle and chronic – is caused by increased pressure in the eye, and can damage the nerve that links the brain and eyes. This pressure is due to a fluid that cannot exit the eye, and in turn leads to a built-up pressure. Early signs can include tunnel vision.
The reason why high blood sugar levels can increase the risk of glaucoma is due to the sugar and insulin causing blockages and inflammations in the blood vessels, making it more difficult for blood to flow through. This in turn, creates even higher pressure levels in the eyes.
Prevention is better than cure:
This saying is very true in this case, as it is extremely difficult to correct damaged eyesight. It is best to start controlling blood sugar levels as soon as possible, by following a healthy diet which you can find in the Manna Diabetes e-book and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal to control sugar levels the natural way, without any side effects. Vegetables which include Vitamins A, C, and E, are naturally high in eye-protecting nutrients.