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Diabetics have only a little leeway for error and indulgence under the current regimens, and so for those following traditional diabetic diet advice, this diabetic diet information is crucial. Mainstream diabetic diets place too much emphasis on food groups, especially carbohydrates, without enough emphasis on individual foods and more in-depth nutrition.

Dr. Robert Rowen, MD has alerted diabetics for the need to protect their eyes from damage from computer screen radiation. In fact, this is a  nutrient all computer users must take to protect their eyes.

Most educated people, worldwide, spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.  Have you ever thought about the visual effects of light coming from computer screens?  Now there’s reason to do so!

A new  Chinese study says computer light can damage your eyes. Fortunately, the study also found a common nutrient which can protect your eyes from the damage.

In the study, the researchers followed 37 healthy subjects, aged 22 to 30 years old. Like most of us, all of the participants had regular exposure to computer screens.

The researchers randomized the participants into three groups, and then, for 12 weeks, they gave Group One 6 mg of lutein daily. They gave Group Two 12 mg daily. And Group Three got no lutein; they took a placebo.

At the end of the study, Group Two had the best visual acuity.They had taken the most lutein supplement.

Additionally, both groups taking lutein had better contrast sensitivity. (This simply means they can distinguish objects clearly from the background. They don’t blur together.)

Dr. Rowen said this  is the first report he’d seen that suggests that a computer display light might have a negative effect on vision. I have read about other issues about monitor exposure in the past.

He says that he can’t make any conclusion at this point, as it’s hard to determine from this study if the computer screen did the damage — or if the lutein just improved their eyesight.

In his practice, he  knows from patients taking Advanced Vision Formula, (from Advanced Bionutritionals brand) a supplement he recommends, which contains a whopping 15 mg of lutein, that this nutrient does improve eyesight.

Regardless of whether the computer screen causes damage or lutein improves eyesight (or some combination of the two), this study indicates that anyone who uses a computer regularly needs to take lutein, and as diabetic eyes are at especially high risk, for all kinds of reasons, this is a prudent step.

Also, I will mention that the mineral chromium, which is important in regulating blood sugar levels, additionally helps the small muscles in the eyes, so that mineral which is usually low in Western diets, is one to talk to your doctor about. Take a normal dose of 200mcg (micrograms) of chromium GTF (Glucose Tolerance Fator) supplement and monitor your blood sugars closely, as you may need less diabetic medication after being on chromium. Keep up the chromium regularly once you start.

If you’re eating a colorful, varied vegetable-based diet, there’s likely little cause for concern, as you’ll get plenty of lutein naturally. But, if youare under extra stress, already have worsening eyesight or spend long-hours in front of a computer monitor, then please add lutein to your daily regimen.

Cooked tomatoes are an excellent source of lutein, but don’t have it with lots of pasta! You can drink low sodium tomato juice just as well or make it into a tasty gazpacho – a cold summer soup with Spanish heritage. Here’s my friend Meg’s recipe.

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Meg’s Summer Gazpacho

1 quart                    Organic Tomato Juice (use Knudsen), chilled

2                               Organic garlic cloves,  wash, peel and mince

1/2 to 1                  English cucumber, washed and diced small

1 handful               Organic, fresh cilantro – wash and chop finely

1/4 – 1/2               Organic red onion, washed, peeled, sliced thinly, then diced

dash                        Organic cayenne pepper

dash                        Organic, whole Celtic sea salt, if needed

dash                         Bragg’s Organic apple cider vinegar with enzymatic “mother”

optional                a sprinkle of organic dried seaweed like dulse or nori

Add the prepared vegetables, spices and dash of vinegar* to the cold juice and serve.

* organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother of vinegar” is important — Spectrum and Bragg’s are 2 brands which can qualify. Read labels carefully. Regular commercial vinegars, like Heinz, do NOT make an acceptable vinegar product. This specific vinegar is used because it becomes alkaline in the body and helps to “pH balance” the acidity of the tomatoes. The seaweed is also very alkaline, as is the cilantro. It is important to try to make most of your food alkaline.

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Enjoy!

Best to all — Em

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