Exercise Lowers Cataract Risk. How Much Is Enough?

April 29, 2013 | All Posts, Cataract Healing, Cataract Surgery, Cataract Treatment

A recent study has, for the first time, linked vigorous exercise to preventing vision loss.

Researchers followed over 41,000 runners, ages 18 through 84, more than 7 and a half years.

Of the 29,000 men and 12,000 women, at the end of the study, 733 men were diagnosed with cataracts. The number of women diagnosed was too small to warrant analysis.

Men who ran more than 5.7 miles a day had a 35 percent reduced risk of developing cataracts.

Personally, not everyone I know runs that much!

So, the more realistic question to ask is, Can your eyes benefit from more moderate exercise?

Though moderate exercise was not specifically looked at, the study’s author, epidemiologist Paul Williams, did say: “We know there are important health benefits to walking, including lowering heart disease risk. It is quite likely that the results might apply to a lesser extent to smaller doses of more moderate exercise.

?These findings are compelling because of the large size of the study, and the fact that we are looking at something that is fairly well defined: vigorous exercise, as opposed to more moderate exercise,? he said.

The study, conducted at Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, was published in the January 2009 issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

It’s nothing new that the better fit you are, the healthier you are.

I think that the essential key to visual health is to increase the blood flow, circulation and nutrient supply that reaches all parts of the eye. Over time, this helps the body and brain maintain optimal visual function. It also helps to remove harmful toxins that could otherwise build up in the visual system.

Vigorous exercise is not the only way to do this.

Here are the six areas that I think are fundamental to long-lasting visual health:

Targeted Eye Exercises. There are dozens of different eye exercises that can stimulate your vision. Click here for one you can practice often throughout the day. It’s even been shown to reduce eye pressure. Click here for a complete, comprehensive program of eye exercises and visual training.

Eye Relaxation. Try this when your eyes need to rest and your mind needs to be soothed.

Physical Exercise. Anything of an aerobic nature. It doesn’t have to be vigorous or very long, but it has to get your heart pumping so the increased blood flow and circulation can reach from the tips of your toes to the lids of your eyes!

Nutrition. Getting the proper nutrition is critical. You can read some of our earlier posts:? Vitamin deficiencies can cause cataracts and take this nutrition quiz.

Supplements. Vision nutrients are found in certain foods, but the levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant required for optimal health are much higher than what nearly any diet can provide. A high-powered, comprehensive and balanced supplement is essential.

Regular Eye Exams. It’s so important to see an eye care professional regularly. If you haven’t been for over a year, you should make an appointment today. An eye exam could tell if you are a candidate for cataracts, or some other eye disease. Catching something early is the difference between being proactive and empowering versus finding out that you already have a disease to treat.

We know that more than half of people in the U.S. over the age of 65 suffer from some form of cataracts.

You don’t want to be one of them!

And, if you already have cataracts, we want to show you how you could develop better vision without resorting to surgery.

 

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