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Taking good care of your eyes is essential. Certain foods have nutrients that can help protect your eyes and may lower your risk of eye diseases. If you have diabetes, eye diseases are more common so eye health is especially important. Here are some tips to help you choose the best foods for eye health.
To help protect your eyes from eye diseases, choose foods that have vitamin A and carotenoids. Lutein and beta-carotene are two carotenoids that may reduce the risk of eye diseases. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. Here are some foods that are important for eye health:
Vitamins C, vitamin E and minerals such as selenium and zinc are also important for eye health.Here is where you can find them:
Supplements made from these nutrients are not recommended for preventing eye disease. These foods are all part of the eating plan outlined in Canada’s Food Guide.
Diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada. If your blood sugar is not well controlled, you may have a higher risk of:
Diabetes can affect many parts of your body including your blood vessels and your eyes. Some eye diseases, such as retinopathy, are caused by a change in the tiny blood vessels that feed the retina of the eye. High blood sugar in diabetes can also cause the lens of the eye to swell, which changes your ability to see.
There are no specific foods or nutrients that decrease the risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts or retinopathy. To help prevent these diseases or stop them from getting worse, people with diabetes should manage their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Stable blood sugar levels results in fewer eye problems. Work with your diabetes care team to create an eating plan that works for you. Read more about how to manage diabetes.
A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help keep your eyes healthy. It is also vital to have routine eye examinations. Many eye problems can be treated with greater success when they are caught early. If you already have eye disease or diabetes, work with your doctor to develop a care plan that works for you. It is important to control your blood sugar levels to keep your eyes healthy. Call Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 for more information about eye health.
How to manage diabetes, by EatRight Ontario
Diabetes services and programs, by Health Canada
What you need to know about vitamin A, by EatRight Ontario
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