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Can Your Eyes Reveal Health Problems?

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  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol imbalance can be diagnosed through a routine eye exam, and your vision health is a reliable indicator of these and dozens of other health problems
  • A new study published in the medical journal Neurology once again links your eye health to the potential risk of future memory loss
  • Research participants with moderate to severe retinopathy who were followed for 20 years were more likely to score significantly lower on memory and thinking tests than their healthy-eyed peers
  • Some of the ways you can improve your eye health include avoiding trans fat, caring for your cardiovascular system, eating dark green leafy vegetables, getting plenty of healthy omega-3 fat, normalizing your blood sugar and quitting smoking
  • Four antioxidants known to benefit your eyes are astaxanthin, black currant anthocyanins, lutein and zeaxanthin; given its positive effects on your eyes, I highly recommend astaxanthin as well

By Dr. Mercola

Because dozens of diseases and illnesses are known to show symptoms in your eyes, ophthalmologists and optometrists are often among the first to help you recognize certain medical conditions. An internal study of 120,000 patients by insurance company VSP Vision Care highlights the value of vision care. Their data suggests an eye exam was the first indicator of problems in:

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