OMEGA-3s found to be just as effective as drug therapies for common diabetic eye disorder (Reported finding from February 2011)
High blood sugar (glucose) increases the risk of diabetes eye problems.According to the National Institutes of Health, Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. High blood sugar in diabetes causes the lens of the eye to swell, which changes your ability to see. According to Dr. Lois Smith, professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, more than 50 percent of people who have diabetes for 25 years will develop some degree of retinopathy.
Retinopathy causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye. This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye leading to vision loss or blindness. The results to a study conducted on the benefits of omega3 for diabetic retinopathy by Dr. Lois Smith, appeared in Feb 2011 issue of ABC News Investigative Unit and were also published in Diabetes Pro (professional online resource for the American Diabetes Association).
In her study, Dr Smith and her colleagues found that Omega-3 fatty acids prevented abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina, which occurs in retinopathy.
The researchers also found the benefits of omega-3 are not affected by drugs such as aspirin or other painkillers.
“This is important for people with diabetes, who often take aspirin to prevent heart disease,” Dr. Smith said. “We found that it had as big an effect as the current drugs that are used in these diseases, so this is huge in terms of the increasing medical costs that are occurring in all countries,” Dr Smith said. Even more important is with the simple intervention just decreasing the disease burden and the horror of blindness in many patients is very exciting.
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