Natural Compound Reverses Diabetic Retinopathy

July 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center lead by Dr.Jay Ma, have discovered a natural compound to stop diabetic retinopathy. The disease affects as many as five million Americans with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The undisclosed compound functions in the inflammation and blood vessel formation related to eye disease. The discovery of the compound’s effectiveness means scientists can now develop new therapies –including eye drops to stop one of the leading causes of blindness in the United State.

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Oklahoma researchers found that the inflammation and leakage resulting from the disease is caused by an imbalance of two systems in the eye. To restore balance, they delivered the new compound to cells using nanoparticle technology. The treatment in research models stopped the leakage, blocked inflammation and kept unwanted blood vessels from growing. Researchers are now testing the compound’s uses for cancer and age-related macular degeneration. The research appears online this month in the journal Diabetes, a publication of the American Diabetes Association.

Source: University of Oklahoma


One Response to “Natural Compound Reverses Diabetic Retinopathy”

  1. Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. on July 3rd, 2009 9:41 am

    A common side effect of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, resulting on chronic bleeding in the retina and resulting vision loss.

    There are specific nutrients that can help preserve vision by acting as powerful antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatories as well as strengthening the integrity of blood vessels such as omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), vitamin C, grapeseed extract, taurine, lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid and bilberry.

    There are a number of peer review studies supporting specific nutrient supplementation for diabetic retinopathy including the following study. According to the following double blind study, gingko biloba can help improve diabetic retinopathy by improving the flow of blood to the brain and extremeties. Lanthony P, Cosson JP. Evolution of color vision in diabetic retinopathy treated by extract of Ginkgo biloba. J Fr Ophthalmol 1988;11:671?74 [in French].

    Other herbs and nutrients such as vanadyl sulfate, gymnema sylvestra and chromium help balance sugar, make the body more insulin sensitive and support the pancreas.

    For more information on diabetic retinopathy, nutrition and vision preservation, go to

    For more information and specific research studies by eye condition on nutrition and vision, go to Natural Eye Care Preserving Vision for Those With Diabetic Retinopathy

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