The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is high in urban India. A study done in Chennai showed that 17.6% of diabetics tested were found to have diabetic retinopathy. This study also showed that men are more prone to develop diabetic retinopathy than women and those who have had diabetes for more than 5 years are at a much higher risk than those diagnosed more recently.
According to Ayurveda, diabetic retinopathy is pitta vriddhi in pitta sthana or aggravation of pitta dosha in its own site (eyes).
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that are concentrated in the middle of the retina, called the macula, which absorb blue light and protect the specialised cells of the retina from damage. The more lutein and zeaxanthin in the diet, the better the macula is protected from light and oxidation damage.
Parsley contains strong antioxidants, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Natural Remedies for Diabetic Retinopathy
Here are some beneficial natural remedies:
- Gingko Biloba
- Grape Seed Extract
- Jambul Seeds
– Avoid curd, urad dal (black gram)
– Don't eat non-vegetarian food
– Don't sleep during the day
Take these precautions along with the natural remedies to minimise risks of developing diabetic retinopathy and to reduce the severity of its symptoms.