While some diabetes patients rely on such as cinnamon to lower their blood sugar, scientists are currently trying to find additional vitamins that may help prevent diabetic retinopathy (DR), which can potentially blind patients suffering from the disease.
According to a study found in the American Academy of Ophthalmology journal, vitamins C, E and magnesium may help prevent the effects of DR, furthering the notion that simple dietary changes may be more beneficial than medications and prescriptions.
Researchers found that patients with higher levels of vitamin C in their bodies had a less chance of developing DR. While there was only one study that suggested magnesium may help, other studies are unable to draw a conclusion about vitamin E.
Lead researcher Dr. Amanda Adler explained that she felt further studies could help further these findings, and could provide possible new alternatives to the way diabetic patients treat themselves.
“It is a very attractive proposition that what one eats, rather than a medication, might reduce the risk of diabetic complications,” stated Adler.