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Glucose, Glycemic Index, and Your Eyes
July 10, 2013

Glucose, Glycemic Index, and Your Eyes

Many people are aware of the damage diabetics have to their eyes due to poorly controlled blood sugar levels. They are at higher risk for retinal diseases, cataracts and glaucoma.

If you don't have diabetes or problems with your blood sugar levels, that doesn't mean your eyes are not suffering from the damage caused by high blood glucose.

Ever hear of AGEs? It stands for advanced glycation end products. They are the by product of high blood sugar.

While they are much more prevalent in diabetics, they still form and do their damage in those who don't have diabetes. AGEs are linked to the aging process and not only contribute to heart disease and dementia but to cataracts and to the development of retinal diseases.

Low Glycemic Carbohydrates

We can influence the formation of AGEs by preventing our blood sugar levels from spiking. That's why it's important to include foods with a low glycemic index (GI) - foods that don't spike blood sugar - and reduce the amount of foods with a high glycemic index (GI) - foods that do spike our blood sugar levels.

Find out what foods have a low GI and most importantly find out which food you probably eat every day that increases your blood sugar more than does 2 tablespoons of pure sugar.

Low Glycemic Carbs

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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