Low Glycemic Diet Slows Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of visual loss in elderly Americans. Worldwide, it represents one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness. To putstatistics related to macular degeneration in perspective, consider that the number of people living with macular degeneration is similar to the number of people whohave been diagnosed with all types of invasive cancers. While as many as 11 million Americans have some sort of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), even more compelling is the fact that this number is predicted to reach 22 million by the year 2050.

It has been estimated that the global cost of visual in permit related AMD is somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 billion. And unfortunately as things stand at the present time there is no cure for the most common type of AMD. There are some approaches that perhaps may slow the progression, but again, we don’t yet have any approach that can turn things around. Continue reading

Low Carb = Low Diabetes Risk

Type 2 diabetes now affects some 26 million Americans. The mainstay of treatment remains pharmaceutical with an unfortunately small dedication to getting the word out that lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise, matter on whole lot as it relates to the actual treatment of this disorder.

But let’s take a step back and review pertinent literature that relates diet not to the actual treatment of the disease, but to risk for becoming a type II diabetic in the first place.

In a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, risk for developing diabetes was evaluated in more than 85,000 women who were followed over a 20 year period of time. In this group of women, 4670 cases of diabetes appeared. The researchers did an analysis of the diets of each of the participants and specifically determined the amounts of carbohydrate fat and protein that these subjects consumed. In addition, they applied an analysis called glycemic load to the diets with the understanding that diet higher in glycemic load foods are those which tend to increase blood sugar.

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