Glaucoma isn't an eye disease you want to get. It's one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. And it's characterized by abnormally high pressure inside your eye. For years, medical wisdom thought the problem was isolated to the eye. But new research suggests this isn't true — and this information can help you prevent the eye disease.
A team of researchers from India studied the characteristics of glaucoma and noticed something. They realized the eye disease is remarkably similar to diabetes. Some of these similarities include various molecular mechanisms, the involvement of insulin, and treatments that work on both illnesses. So they hypothesized that glaucoma is actually diabetes of the brain.
This makes sense. I've talked in the past about the connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's. In fact, more and more researchers now consider Alzheimer's disease to be type-3 diabetes. Other researchers are now calling Alzheimer's disease “cerebral glaucoma” because the eye is actually an extension of the brain.
The good news in this is that we know how to cure most cases of diabetes. I wrote about this on Saturday. There are many ways to reverse this disease. But they all center on reducing your blood sugar.
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The question now becomes, will reducing your blood sugar reverse glaucoma? Science hasn't proven this yet. There's some evidence that slightly higher blood sugar might make retinal ganglion cells function better. But that's a short-term situation. As the cells become insulin resistant due to the excess sugar, it could turn from helpful to harmful.
While science hasn't proven that lowering blood sugar can prevent or cure glaucoma, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence. Many people have found that they can reverse eye disease, such as macular degeneration and even the severe corneal disorder called keratoconus. These don't have any known cures. However, eating a plant-based diet without any sugar or carbs has reversed these diseases. So there's some evidence that it will work for glaucoma as well.
As we watch the research on this grow, the time is now to prevent glaucoma. You have to lower your blood sugar. Diet and exercise are the proven methods to do so. But as I mentioned on Saturday, nutrients can help too. Advanced Blood Sugar Formula contains some of the most effective nutrients you need to lower your blood sugar. These include bitter melon, Chinese goldenthread, turmeric, gymnema, and Capros® amla. I'll have more on these individual nutrients in future issues. But for now, know that taking two tablets before bedtime can help you lower your blood sugar and potentially beat these devastating eye diseases.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Faiq, Muneeb A., Rima Dada, Daman Saluja, and Tanuj Dada. “Glaucoma - Diabetes of the brain: A radical hypothesis about its nature and pathogenesis,” Medical Hypotheses, February 17, 2014.