With reports suggesting that almost everyone with type 1 diabetes, and over 60% of people with type 2 diabetes will develop some kind of diabetes-related eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis, it’s vital to stay on top of your eye health. In addition to getting your eyes checked regularly, Diabetes NSW & ACT recommends piling these healthy winners on your plate to protect your peepers:
Eating 4-6 eggs per week will give you a healthy hit of eye-friendly antioxidants, as well as protein and 11 essential vitamins and minerals.
- Leafy greens
Kale and spinach are chock-full of antioxidants that can help lower your risk of developing conditions like glaucoma.
Oily fish contain plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect your eyes against macular degeneration. Add 2-3 serves of oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and/or trout to your weekly menu.
Whether you’re a fan of almonds, walnuts or cashews, all nuts are a rich source of vitamin E, and just a handful a day will give your eyes an instant healthy boost.
- Low GI foods
Nutritious and delicious low GI foods like wholegrains, lentils and yoghurt may help protect against eye conditions. Check out our recipes for fresh and filling low-GI options.