The Keto Diet And Protecting Your Eyesight

The Keto Diet And Protecting Your Eyesight


The Ketogenic Diet has many health benefits, But did you know it can help protect your eyesight?  High in fat, low on protein and carbohydrates can help protect the vision of those with glaucoma.

Higher rates of glaucoma in people with diabetes suggests a potential connection between this eye disease and metabolic stress. The findings led by Denise Inman from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in the US showed that low carb, high fat diet protects retina cells and their connections to the brain from degeneration.

What Is Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive disease in which the cells which transmit visual information to the brain get damaged. This can result in vision loss and in extreme cases, it can result in blindness. Glaucoma is more prevalent in diabetics; this points towards a serious connection between Glaucoma and metabolic stress.

Characteristics Of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is challenging to diagnose because it usually develops slowly and painlessly. Primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common variation, is aptly nicknamed the “sneak thief of sight” because it gradually minimizes the visual field. Low-pressure glaucoma, or normal tension glaucoma, is also challenging to detect. Patients can experience vision loss even when eye pressure remains within reasonable limits. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is less common, but it is a serious condition that requires immediate medical intervention. It is often accompanied by headaches, blurred vision, eye pain, and nausea.

What are the other health benefits of the Keto diet?

The health benefits of the keto diet don’t stop with weight loss and reducing glaucoma, also improving the following:

  • Control blood sugar -your blood sugar levels can be reduced naturally and effectively as a result of the foods you are eating on the keto diet. This can be a great way to manage and prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets and is strongly recommended for those with Type 2 diabetes, who have chronic high blood sugar levels caused by their diet and lifestyle.

  • Increased energy and normalized hunger -the energy you receive from glucose in carbohydrates is not reliable or consistent, meaning you will have peaks and dips. By changing the energy your body uses to a more reliable and better energy source, you should feel more energized during the day.

  • Mental focus -for some people, the keto diet isn’t to lose weight but to improve their concentration and mental performance. Ketones are a great source of energy for the brain and so by reducing your intake of carbohydrates you are avoiding big spikes in blood sugar levels and enabling your body to burn fat in an alternative way.

  • Epilepsy -the keto diet was initially used back in the early 1900s to treat epilepsy and remains one of the most widely used therapies for children who cannot control this condition today who do not react well to medication to prevent seizures.

The Takeaway

New health benefits from the ketogenic diet continue to emerge such as weight loss, controlling blood sugar, increased energy, and healthy lifestyle these days. A new study proves that it can be beneficial for improving eyesight as well. The findings shed light on the metabolic underpinnings of glaucoma and suggest the diet could potentially benefit people with the condition.

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