Education: Diabetic Retinopathy


Diabetic Retinopathy is a eye disorder that effects the retina or know as the ( projection screen ) which lets light that passes through the lens of the eye is thrown. In diabetic retinopathy , the capillaries that nourish the retina will leak fluid or blood, which thus results in inadequate circulation to the cells that respond to light and relay visual impulses to the optic nerve that carries impulses to the brain. In severe diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the common cause of blindness in people, and usually there is no symptoms until the individual begins losing ones vision.

The risk factors of diabetic retinopathy, is age, length of time one has had diabetes, pressure of a sticky protein the blood called, ( glycosylated hemoglobin ), and a presence of insulinlike growth factor 1 a hormone produced in excess during diabetes. This hormone encourages the growth of fragile capillaries in the eye that breaks and leaks fluid. Conventional treatment consists of laser surgery which seals the breaking blood vessels.

Herbal treatments are primarily preventative. The herbs that provide large quantities of bioflavonoids strengthen the capillaries and slow the progress or prevent retinopathy even when blood sugars are poorly controlled.

Best herbs used are Bilberry ( helps prevent clotting in blood vessels serving the retina), Ginkgo ( prevents damage in retina cells responsible for distinguishing colors,  Jambul  seeds ( lowers blood sugar retards blood vessel inflammation ), Quercetin tablets ( slows formation of insulinlike  growth factor 1 prevents blood clots), Chanca piedra tincture stops the formation of compounds that damage the retina),  Be sure to get check ups and watch ones diets.

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