Video – Check Your Eyes Regularly

If you’re a diabetic you’ve been told over and over… “Get your eyes checked regularly!”

It’s easy advice to ignore and one of the easiest things to put off but as you’ll hear in the video 6 months can be a long time in the life of an eye.

This video can provide valuable insight into the potential results of ignoring medical advice and / or symptoms as well as provide incentive to follow through and receive annual eye examinations to check for diabetic retinopathy.

Bacon Burrito In Low Carb Tortilla – Dream Diabetic Breakfast

This breakfast is super low carb and delicious and will keep you going all morning:

2 slices of bacon
1 low carb tortilla
2 slices of tomato
1 scrambled egg or sliced hard boiled egg
1 Tablespoon mayo
A little red onion

Total carbcount: Approximately 6 grams (your carb count may vary)

An excellent way to start your day and your blood sugar levels on the right track!

New Section To Promote Diabetic Health

o promote the best health for diabetics which is in fact the best way to prevent retinopathy we are starting a section devoted just to proper diet which will include healthy low carb recipes.

Whilewe here at are not doctors I (the main writer) am diabetic myself and have found much success in limiting my intake of processed carbohydrates as well as grains in general.

I have found an SCD diet to be most reasonable in my case and my wife’s doctor recommended it to her for her gut problems. He has seen much success with patients with all kinds of ailments including diabetes.

We have been following this diet for over a year now and my hemoglobin A1c numbers have all improved significantly. I have in fact seen some counter intuitive results in some respects.

My goal will be to publish my meals as we make them and to also publish my blood sugars before and 2 hours after as well as to tell you what meds I am taking, whether I have excercised or not and anything else I can think of that would effect my blood sugars.

My hope is that it will be a resource.

That said I will not be able to post my first sugars since I have run out of strips.

But I will post the first extremely tasty meal.

Next post will be a beautiful low carb breakfast burrito.

Help For Diabetics That Need Glasses

Recently one of our visitors emailed us for help finding an elderly diabetic man free glasses.

Medicare pays for his eye exams but apparently and unfortunately does not pay for the actual glasses.

He hadn’t upgraded his prescription in 10+ years because he is unable to afford the cost.

This is the unfortunate condition in which many without vision insurance find themselves.

If you find yourself in this position there is help available through The Lion’s Club.

While it is best to have vision insurance so that you can get an exact prescription many are unable to afford the associated costs with maintaining such an insurance plan.

Thanks to programs provided through such organizations those in need can benefit.

If you have any free resources please feel free to leave a comment and if your resource is good we’ll post it!

For those that need free glasses click here.

Dr Whitaker Vision Essentials

Dr Whitaker of the Whitaker Center / Whitaker Wellness Institute has a new & improved all natural formula specifically to help protect vision as well as improve night vision.

If you have read Dr Whitaker’s books or taken a look at his free diabetes report you know that he has been on the forefront of Diabetic research for many, many years and that he has a lot of great information to share.

With the introduction of this improved vision supplement we are confident that this product will stand along with his other wonderful supplements and herbal remedies in helping many Diabetics to improve and safeguard their vision.

To get the Vision Essentials you can go here.

Here’s a bit of what Dr Whitaker’s site has to say about Vision Essentials:

  • Provides the 19 best vitamins for eyes and healthy vision.Delivers unparalleled antioxidant protection from carotenoids including astaxanthinandzeaxanthin—important for overall vision, especially critical for seeing color and detail. Astaxanthin also enhances the eyes’ ability to keep things in focus.
  • Promotes sharper night vision with peak doses of black currant, which also promotes the antioxidant defense mechanisms in your retinal epithelial cells, and supports blood vessels, which is critical to your eye health and night vision.Black currant, a natural cousin to blueberries and cranberries, has been shown in clinical studies to produce measurable improvements in night vision. Black currant contains anthocyanosides and other flavonoids, which also help improve circulation to and within the eyes.A balanced diet that includes supplementation with astaxanthin, black currant, lutein and zeaxanthin may improve night vision as well as put an end to dry, tired eyes and reduce the effects of glare.Studies show that within 30 minutes, black currant can significantly improve your night vision.1 In another study, participants were given a drink containing 40 mg of black currant anthocyanosides. As in the first study, participants could see significantly better in the dark—once again within just 30 minutes.2
  • Includes the research dosage of lutein shown to promote the health of your retina, macula, lenses, and optic nerves, as well as support visual acuity.A recent study examined subjects’ tolerance to glare. The study showed that participants who took 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily for four months (which you get in Vision Essentials) had a significant improvement in their glare tolerance. After six months, their recovery time for seeing clearly again after being “blinded” by bright light significantly decreased.3
    Plus, there’s a new study, hot off the presses that reveals taking lutein, zeaxanthin, and black currant together—in the doses included in Vision Essentials—may reduce visual fatigue.

    Vision Essentials provides 15 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin—the optimal doses based on the latest research. This is important, especially when it comes to lutein. A new study published in Clinical Nutrition showed that the proper dose of lutein is critical for supporting optimal eye health. In fact, inadequate levels may prevent you from experiencing any benefits at all.

  • Includes the powerhouses alpha lipoic acid, taurine, N-acetyl cysteine, L-glycine, and vitamin C to shield delicate eye cells from the damaging oxidative stress caused by UV light.
  • Nourishes eyes with zinc, a mineral which is highly concentrated in your retinas which helps them function properly.
  • Delivers optimal levels of vitamin A in beta-carotene form, which synthesizes a chemical needed for clear eyesight.Dr. Whitaker made this change based on the AREDS study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, pure beta-carotene, when combined with other eye-supporting nutrients, is what your eyes require for healthy vision.4
  • Unparalleled antioxidant protection from carotenoids includingastaxanthin and zeaxanthin â€” important for overall vision, especially critical for seeing color and detail and enhancing the eyes’ ability to keep things in focus.
  • Recycles antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, via Alpha Lipoic Acid(ALA), restoring them to their active forms after they have become oxidized.
  • Relieves dry, tired eyes with all-natural schisandra berry.
  • Plus, Vision Essentials includes eight additional nutrients that work together to provide extra vision support and protection like no other formula that exists today.
  • 1 Nakaishi H, et al. Effects of black currant anthocyanoside intakes on dark adaptation and VDT work induced transient refractive alteration in healthy humans. Alternative Medicine Review 2000;5(6):1–10.
  • 2 Tominagal, S, et al. Effects of black currant anthocyanosides on visual function. BioScience Laboratories, Saitama, Japan
  • 3 Stringham JM, and Hammond R. Macular pigment and visual performance under glare conditions. Optometry and Vision Science, 2008:85(2): 82–88.
  • 4 ARED Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplementation of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for macula health: AREDS Report no. 8. Arch Ophthalmol 2001;119:1417–1436
Doctor Whitaker’s Vision Essentials will cost you about $35 a bottle but if you buy more bottles they will give you a discount and any purchase of $60 or more can use coupon code JWHHB at checkout and get $10 off.

What Is Diabetic retinopathy? Part II

If you read the previous article describing why it is difficult for cappilaries to accomodate blood with elevated sugar levels you will understand the potential for dammage within any part of the bodies circulatory system.

There are 4 stages to diabetic retinopathy.

The US N.E.I. (National Eye Institute ) Website lists them as follows:

“Stage 1.  Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy. At this earliest stage, microaneurysms occur. They are small areas of balloon-like swelling in the retina’s tiny blood vessels.

Stage 2.  Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy. As the disease progresses, some blood vessels that nourish the retina are blocked.

Stage 3. Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy. Many more blood vessels are blocked, depriving several areas of the retina with their blood supply. These areas of the retina send signals to the body to grow new blood vessels for nourishment.

Stage 4. Proliferative Retinopathy. At this advanced stage, the signals sent by the retina for nourishment trigger the growth of new blood vessels. This condition is called proliferative retinopathy. These new blood vessels are abnormal and fragile. They grow along the retina and along the surface of the clear, vitreous gel that fills the inside of the eye. By themselves, these blood vessels do not cause symptoms or vision loss. However, they have thin, fragile walls. If they leak blood, severe vision loss and even blindness can result.”

There are 2 ways in which one’s vision may be effected due to diabetic retinopathy.

As stated from the US N.E.I Website:

“1.  Fragile, abnormal blood vessels can develop and leak blood into the center of the eye, blurring vision. This is proliferative retinopathy and is the fourth and most advanced stage of the disease.

2.  Fluid can leak into the center of the macula, the part of the eye where sharp, straight-ahead vision occurs. The fluid makes the macula swell, blurring vision. This condition is called macular edema. It can occur at any stage of diabetic retinopathy, although it is more likely to occur as the disease progresses. About half of the people with proliferative retinopathy also have macular edema.”

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition caused by blood that has high sugar levels passing through the tiny capilaries in the eye.

Blood with high sugar levels is thick and has trouble passing through the tiny capilaries and can cause major dammage.

To illustrate think about water in a container.

If we add just a little amount of sugar into water it’s hard to notice much of a difference in how the water pours out of a the container. But if we add more and more sugar to that water eventually the water gets thick and syrupy and has trouble moving from one place to another.

This is similar to what happens with the blood of a person with diabetes.

Because a diabetic person does not process sugars properly, the amount of sugar in their blood, if not controlled (this can be done in various ways), will continue to rise over normal levels and their blood becomes thick (kind of like syrup).

So how does this hurt the eyes?

Our bodies have many tiny little capilaries. You can find these capilaries in high concentrations in certain parts of the body and one such place is the eyes.

Let’s go back to the illustration of syrup and water but this time let’s think about taking that syrup and pumping it through a network of hoses. You can probably see where this is going.

While large hoses would seemingly not have much trouble accomodating the thick syrup (in the body there are still complications although not as noticeable at first) imagine tiny hoses trying to accomodate circulating the same thick syrup.

It just won’t work properly.

Think of your body as the network of hoses.

The big arteries can accomodate the flow better (that doesn’t mean it’s good for the body) than the tiny cappilaries just can’t take it well. This is why diabetics will many tiomes experience nerve dammage in their extremities (lots of cappilaries there).

In our eyes we don’t have the same nerve ending as our dingers, toes, etc and so diabetics will not experience the tingling sensation that they might get from nerve dammage.

Now think about the sugar in the blood forcing it’s way through those tiny capillaries…you can imagine that this might cause significant dammage and in many cases blockages.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease in diabetics and is the main overall cause of adult blindness in the US.

For a more detailed description of what happens click here.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

Some Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:

Some symptoms that may indicate a problem are itchy eyes, seeing spots after periods of exercise, or other movement outside your normal routine.

Another sure sign is the appearance of blood floating inside the eye in something called the vitreous gel. This floading mass will be noticeable to the affected person only (as opposed to people casually observing your eyes).

However, most of the time there will be little to no noticable signs that manifest themselves in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy.

All diabetics should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam on a yearly basis preferabley from a specialist.

Diabetics in every age group of both type 1 and type 2 are at risk for retinopathy and should be sure to take the threat of blindness from diabetic retinopathy very seriously.