Is sugar bad for your eyes?


Well, no wonder I’ve been having problems seeing…too much sugar on my table.

Looks like there may be yet another reason to kick sugar and white flour out of your diet:  eye health.

Cutting back on processed carbs could lower your risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older.


The Carb Connection
What makes refined carbs  so bad for your peepers? Seems their high glycemic index may be partly to blame. High-glycemic-index foods boost a whole bunch of bad things linked to AMD — like increases in oxidative stress, inflammation, and blood-fat levels.

See the Future
Along with replacing the “bad” carbs in your diet with high-fiber whole grains, try these other sight-saving steps:

Choosing whole grains rather than processed grains can make your RealAge 1.2 years younger if you are a man and 2.3 years younger if you are a woman.

How to avoid sugary treats?  I dunno, but I read somewhere that when you’re craving something gooey and sweet, try a dill pickle instead.  Supposedly it will chase the craving away.


2 thoughts on “Is sugar bad for your eyes?

  1. Emily—-my niece, Shirley, who is being treated for breast cancer at M. D. Anderson has been advised to try to eliminate sugar from her diet. I don’t know the reasoning behind it but found it interesting.

    Shirley D.

  2. If I understand it correctly…sugar and simple carbs cause inflammation – resulting in all sorts of ailments. Since I dropped sugar (well, all except for a few lapses like yesterday when Charlotte Harding brought me a plate of pecan tartlets) I don’t have all those aches and pains associated with aging.

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