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Does Cigarette Smoking Lead to Vision Problems?

Smoking poses a threat to nearly every organ in your body and the eyes are no exception

“I regret the day I ever started,” a friend once told me in reference to smoking. “I wish I’d put all that time, money and effort into something else.” At the time, I didn’t really know what my friend was saying, so I brushed it off. But now, I completely understand and offer up the following advice (better late than never). By the Numbers: If it’s not yet completely obvious, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States (it outpaces obesity and alcohol by a long shot). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Curbing Your Sugar Cravings

The body processes ALL forms of sugar in the same way and ANY large amount can contribute to unwanted weight gain

In my last post, I briefly touched on the concept of fatty liver. It’s quite interesting and rather simple to explain. A person’s liver gets “fatty” when it becomes overloaded with sugar (specifically fructose), which can also be the result of too much drinking since the liver breaks down fructose & alcohol in the same way. It’s reasonable to assume that fatty liver precedes metabolic disorders (such as diabetes). It’s an early sign of sugar toxicity as well. Some signs and symptoms of fatty liver include: Fatigue Abdominal Pain Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes) Weight Gain But here’s […]

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Sugar Consumption is “the New Smoking”

The cost of obesity/diabetes related complications is set to overwhelm the healthcare industry in the near future

The phrase “Sitting is the New Smoking” is being tossed around a lot these days. It’s basically a reminder of the negative health consequences that come from sitting down too much, or partaking in a sedentary lifestyle (office workers and avid video game players come to mind). “Sitting is the New Smoking” sounds catchy and cool. It’s even a reasonable conclusion to come to. But I’m not quite sure the two activities (sitting and smoking) are even in the same ballpark. Kind of like the Yankees and the Mets. On the contrary, THERE ARE several clear similarities between sugar consumption […]

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Systemic Health Intro – Ocular Manifestations of Diabetes

Maintaining tight control over your blood sugar is the best way to prevent diabetic changes in the eyes

I typically do my best to be as positive as I can be, but sometimes it’s important to consider negative information so we have a chance to position ourselves against it. By now, we all know diabetes is a major disease not only in this country, but all over the world. Chances are you know of someone who’s been affected by the disease, or you may even be affected yourself. There is hope because exercise and weight loss has been shown to significantly reduce Type 2 diabetes. Just like with any other physical condition, an ounce of prevention is worth […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Not Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential to supporting your immune system and living a healthy life

The next article on the topic of eye healthy foods revolves around vitamin D, which is a fat soluble vitamin and a hormone building block. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is necessary for the body’s ability to absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. As an eye/health care provider, I’m exposed to viruses and bacteria on a daily basis. When I first started seeing patients, I found myself getting sick quite often. Then I decided to get my blood work done. As a result, I learned I was extremely deficient in vitamin D. This was the reason […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Health Effects of Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

Poor gut health has been linked to age related macular degeneration, which is one of the main causes of blindness

The wise philosopher, Hippocrates, once said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Granted, “the Father of Modern Medicine” made this statement almost 2400 years ago. But judging from what we know now, I’d have to say he was onto something. Today, the topic of gut health gains traction every once in while. But since there’s no quick fix involved, and changing dietary habits can be tedious, the issue gets put on the back burner. In my opinion, several issues are the result of poor gut health, which is basically caused by the use of multiple anti-biotics and/or consuming a diet […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of New Nordic Cuisine

Scandinavian chefs are keeping old traditions alive by using modern preparation techniques and locally sourced ingredients

When I think of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland come to mind. When I think of popular European food cultures, Nordic Cuisine isn’t necessarily at the forefront. But that’s starting to change thanks to the success of the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station. Most mornings, I’ll usually make my own breakfast, or grab some fruit on the go. But sometimes if I’m running late, I can always grab a smørrebrød, a kanelsnurrer, or some skyr. You likely have no idea what I’m saying, but these are good options to have (an open […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Vitamin C Nutrition & Supplementation

Vitamin C is water soluble and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation

Vitamin C is the next topic in my series on eye healthy foods. Also known as “the best tasting vitamin” (in my opinion), vitamin C is water-soluble (or dissolved by water) and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation. To explain in simpler terms, if you don’t get your vitamin C from food or chewable tablets, you won’t get it at all. Like many of us, I was introduced to vitamin C as a child. Out of all the vitamins I was encouraged to take, this was by far the easiest to ingest. As a result, a positive association […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of the Mediterranean Diet

Saturated fats are still as unhealthy as ever, but certain unsaturated fats can be quite the opposite

If you’re in the market for a consistent eating pattern, the Mediterranean Diet is always a good idea. For one, it’s relatively cheap and easy. For two, it can be very, very tasty. And three, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. In today’s nutritional climate where diet fads come and go, the Mediterranean Diet is consistently reinventing itself and standing the test of time. At the same time, the core of the diet never really changes that much (olive oils, different types of fresh breads and spreads, exotic mixtures of grains and veggies, etc). If my words don’t convince you, […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – The Rundown of Healthy Fats

When it comes to your diet, it's important to make short-term, attainable goals to keep from getting discouraged

With so many diet options out there today, it’s difficult to figure out where to start. Several diet fads come and go, nobody knows what’s in or what’s out. Research says one thing, the television says another, billboards say another. But countless individuals are struggling with their weight, and most of them don’t even know where to begin. One huge mistake (in my opinion) is the Low Fat/Fat Free diet. Since foods with no (or low) fat tend to taste pretty bad, a ton of sugar is used to counterbalance the scales. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand […]