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My 33 year old son has had juvenile diabetes since he was 12 and has recently been diagnosed with slight eye damage.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 33 year old son has had juvenile diabetes since he was 12. Recently, his eye doctor has said he sees the very slight beginnings of eye damage. My son said the doctor said there is really nothing that can be done to prevent further damage. Are there any nutrients that you believe could be helpful in his situation?” — Eileen M., Boulder, CO

A. Dear Eileen, For people with diabetes, this can be one of the most frightening aspects of the disease – losing eyesight because of the damage to the tiny blood vessels in the eye.

While I do have some recommendations, I strongly encourage your son to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I believe your son would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

He may also want to consider adding mesoglycan. Mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body, is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. It helps them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through the arteries and blood vessels. In a double blind, placebo-controlled study of patients suffering diabetic retinopathy, mesoglycan significantly reduced vision-damaging microhemorrages (small areas of bleeding) and micro aneurysms (small areas of blood vessel wall weakness and bulging). At the conclusion of the 6-month study, the researchers found that it was very well tolerated, and certainly warranted further study based on these powerful results. I recommend taking 50 mg of mesoglycan twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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