September 18, 2017

Retinopathy is an eye disease of the retina where the blood vessels that supply blood to the retina become damaged and occluded. When the small arteries and veins are working correctly, they provide a continuous blood supply to the retina.

Sometimes the retina does not receive the nutrition and oxygen it needs, usually due to chronically elevated glucose or atherosclerosis.

The body then tries to compensate by replacing the circulatory system in the retina with new capillaries (veins) and arterioles (arteries).  This process is known as neovascular overgrowth. Unfortunately, these new veins are exceedingly fragile and can soon begin to leak and the new arteries may soon become occluded and blocked.  

The primary symptom of retinal vascular occlusion is a sudden change in vision, usually only in one eye. 

The best way to prevent retinal vascular occlusion is to identify and treat the risk factors. Since retinal vascular occlusion stems from vascular issues, it’s important to make lifestyle and dietary changes, such as:

A 3-year study published in 2001 followed the health of more than 10,000 men and women in four American cities. It found that during the study, 110 participants suffered strokes. It was found that they all had damaged blood vessels in their eyes. The damage included narrowing or ballooning of vessel walls, blood leakage and 'mini-strokes' in surrounding tissues.   

Dr. Tien Yin Wong of the University of Wisconsin, who led the study, said the results showed that problems with the blood vessels in the eyes were an indication of damage to veins and arteries in the brain, which cause strokes when blocked or burst.

According to Wong, "The only previously reliable way to examine the state of the blood vessels in the brain would have involved surgery. Retinal photography opens a new, non-invasive approach to investigate vascular diseases."

If you need to change your lifestyle, it can be challenging.  It requires diligence and commitment while you develop new habits and skills.

For more help, you can order Coco’s Healthy Cooking on Amazon.  Check the box to the right.  It is a book full of  whole foods, plant-based recipes.

© 2017 Melinda Coker

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Type- 2 diabetics have insulin sufficiency meaning there is plenty of insulin.  This type of diabetes can be cured wi...

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The Tragedy of Kidd Kraddick

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Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

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MS is more common in Northern latitudes and less common in co...

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Atrial Fibrillation - An Abnormal Heart Rhythm

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What Is AF?
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Carbs and Diabetes

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Did you know that by being obese you are at significant risk for developing type 2 diabetes?  Did you know that populations of people in the world who eat the most carbohydrates have the lowest incidence of diabetes?

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What carbs should you be eating?  The best way to lose weight and get...

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In the U.S. heart disease is the number one cause of death.  In this country, there are nearly 1,700 deaths every day from heart disease.  Even on that most adored day of love and flowers, 1,642 people will die from a broken heart according to The National Center for Health Statistics.

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