Coming up on this episode of the LCHF podcast, we look at the relation between the diet and eyesight. Eye troubles are widely associated with diabetes, so what effects can the diet have on eyesight? Dr Gary Fettke joins us to tell you more on this edition.

Transcript Brad Brown: Welcome onto another edition of the LCHF podcast, and today we’re looking at eyesight. Dr Gary Fettke joining us. Doc, an interesting question because often eyesight and particularly loss of eyesight, there is a bit of a link between that and diabetes and that’s exactly what Joanne wanted to know today.

She says she’s been following this lifestyle for about a year now and she says she’s concerned. She says her eyesight is getting progressively worse, but theoretically, and I might be way off here, it shouldn’t get worse if you’re cutting out the carbohydrates and you’re doing what you need to do to stave off diabetes?

Gary Fettke: I think the concern is that if you’ve got any change in your medical condition, that she should be getting along and having a chat to her doctor and going along and seeing an ophthalmologist and getting someone to have a good look in her eyes. You’re quite right from a theoretical aspect.

Helping diabetics prevent eye conditions

Adopting a lower carbohydrate diet will be associated with better control of diabetes, better control of blood glucose levels and from a preventative effect, will have benefits from preventing a whole lot of eye conditions; ranging from cataracts right through to macular degeneration, which is definitely an association there, a very common cause of blindness in the western world.

So, once you’re developing an eye or a visual problem, adopting a low carbohydrate lifestyle is unlikely to turn it around, it’s all primarily, I think. So if she’s got some deterioration, almost certainly it’s not related to the diet, it’s almost certainly related to something else. I’d definitely get along to the doctor and have him look in the eyes and/or a formal specialist, as an ophthalmologist.

BB: Brilliant Doc, thank you and I think that applies to anything. If, like you say, there has been a change in your health, the first port of call should be your medical practitioner. Obviously we can’t hand out individual medical advice on a platform like this, particularly when we haven’t done a consult, but that would be the best bit of advice. Doc, thank you so much for your time today, much appreciated, we look forward to catching up again next time here on the LCHF podcast. Until then, from the two of us, it’s cheers.

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Brad Brown: Welcome onto another edition of the LCHF podcast, and today we’re looking at eyesight. Dr Gary Fettke joining us. Doc, an interesting question because often eyesight and particularly loss of eyesight, there is a bit of a link between that and diabetes and that’s exactly what Joanne wanted to know today.

She says she’s been following this lifestyle for about a year now and she says she’s concerned. She says her eyesight is getting progressively worse, but theoretically, and I might be way off here, it shouldn’t get worse if you’re cutting out the carbohydrates and you’re doing what you need to do to stave off diabetes?

Gary Fettke: I think the concern is that if you’ve got any change in your medical condition, that she should be getting along and having a chat to her doctor and going along and seeing an ophthalmologist and getting someone to have a good look in her eyes. You’re quite right from a theoretical aspect.

Helping diabetics prevent eye conditions

Adopting a lower carbohydrate diet will be associated with better control of diabetes, better control of blood glucose levels and from a preventative effect, will have benefits from preventing a whole lot of eye conditions; ranging from cataracts right through to macular degeneration, which is definitely an association there, a very common cause of blindness in the western world.

So, once you’re developing an eye or a visual problem, adopting a low carbohydrate lifestyle is unlikely to turn it around, it’s all primarily, I think. So if she’s got some deterioration, almost certainly it’s not related to the diet, it’s almost certainly related to something else. I’d definitely get along to the doctor and have him look in the eyes and/or a formal specialist, as an ophthalmologist.

BB: Brilliant Doc, thank you and I think that applies to anything. If, like you say, there has been a change in your health, the first port of call should be your medical practitioner. Obviously we can’t hand out individual medical advice on a platform like this, particularly when we haven’t done a consult, but that would be the best bit of advice. Doc, thank you so much for your time today, much appreciated, we look forward to catching up again next time here on the LCHF podcast. Until then, from the two of us, it’s cheers.
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