5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cataracts

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Protect your eyes from the sun to promote better eye health and reduce the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts.

Protect your eyes from the sun to promote better eye health and reduce the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts.

There aren’t any studies that prove how to prevent cataracts or slow the progression of cataracts, reports the Mayo Clinic, however there are five lifestyle strategies that contribute to eye health.

They include:

*Not smoking

*Wearing a hat or sunglasses when you are in the sun

*Avoiding sunlamps and tanning booths

*Eating healthy food

*Avoiding the use of steroid medicines when possible (some people need them). Always consult with your personal physician before stopping any medication.

Also, while many people without diabetes get cataracts, the American Diabetes Association claims people with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop this eye condition. Diabetics tend to get cataracts at a younger age and it typically progresses faster than with non-diabetics. Recent research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes, who lower their HbA1c level by just 1 percent, can reduce their risk of cataracts by 19 percent.

Studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic suggest maintaining a healthy weight and choosing healthy foods may help fight cataract development. If you’re currently at a healthy weight, maintain it by exercising three to five times a week. If you’re overweight or obese, work to lose weight by reducing your daily caloric intake and increasing daily exercise.

Choose a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Adding a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet ensures that you’re getting many vitamins and nutrients because they contain antioxidants, which can help maintain the health of your eyes. The American Optometric Association research states that the antioxidant properties found in Vitamin C and E may help decrease the development of cataracts. Most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and papaya, as well as green peppers and tomatoes. However, Vitamin E is more difficult to obtain from food sources, but can be found in nuts such as almonds, pecans and wheat germ to name a few.