In our aging population, more and more older adults will find their independence prematurely ended as eye disease removes their ability to drive, read and pursue favorite hobbies. Two new studies offer hope that healthy eating patterns that may protect our eyes.
A research study of the Mexican-American population over age 40 found that the rate of diabetes in this group is 20 percent - almost twice that of non-Hispanic Whites - and that 15 percent of those with diabetes did not know that they had the disease before their participation in the study.
Diabetes is a very serious disease that can cause problems like blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputations. But by taking good care of yourself through diet, exercise, and special medications, you can control diabetes. And there is more good news. Diabetic eye disease, a complication of diabetes, can be treated before vision loss occurs.