New Information on Vitamins that can benefit Diabetic Retinopathy and also prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

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Blood vessel damage in diabetes is mediated by four distinct biochemical pathways driven by mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These pathways can lead to oxidative stress, which attacks blood vessels in the retina:

  • Hexosamine flux
  • Protein Kinase C
  • Advanced glycation end products
  • Polyol pathway

In addition, the following are contributing factors to blood vessel damage, such as found in diabetic retinopathy:

  • Growth factors
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Horomones
  • Apoptosis
  • Inflammation

Research is confirming that the following nutritional ingredients affect blood vessel health:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Grapeseed extract and resveratrol
  • CoQ10
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C & E
  • Green Tea Leaf
  • Benfotiamine
  • Pycnogenol
  • Curcumin
  • Fish Oil (DHA & EPA)
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Lutein
  • Zinc

Diet and exercise have shown to be 10 times more effective in preventing and controlling diabetes than metformin (one of the leading medications for Type II diabetes). This information is valuable for those that are interested in preventing diabetes (family history of Type II diabetes greatly increases ones risk) and for those that would like to have better control of their diabetic glucose levels. If you have any questions please ask the doctors at our clinic about these new vitamins and how they can benefit not only your eye health but also your overall health.

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