Intermittent fasting and cataracts

by - April 23, 2019

Cataract is an eye condition that leads to the clouding of the eye's natural lens, which to an outsider, the clouding appears to be milky and whitish in colour.

Cataract is a leading cause of blindness in the world and is very common in people over 40 years of age. There are also different types of cataracts depending on which part of the eye lens is affected.

Symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, colours won't appear as bright as they normally would etc. A lot of factors may contribute to the development of Cataract in elderly people. For example, aging, exposure to UV rays, hypertension, obesity e.t.c. All these can cause Cataracts to form in the eye lens.

In this article, we will be looking at how intermittent fasting affects Cataract. Does it make the Cataract symptoms worse, or does it make it better? Does food restriction really matter when it comes to treatment of Cataracts in people?

Well, Intermittent Fasting, which is also a type of wet fasting has helped some people clear up their Cataracts. This might seem unbelievable, Isn't it? But it's true.

In a particular study that looked at how diets and vegetarianism affected Cataract patients, they gave a group 100 grams of meat to eat a day as part of their diet, then they gave another group a lesser amount of meat to eat in a day and gave another group fish-only diets, and another group vegetarian diets, and another group vegan diet, then they studied the results.
It turns out that the group with the lesser amount of meat in their diet, for example the vegan and vegetarian group, had a higher likelihood of their Cataracts clearing up. While the group with lots of meat in their diet had their Cataracts worsen.

Intermittent fasting helps you in food restriction so it makes sense that when you fast, you eat less foods that might have worsened the Cataract symptoms. And since you will be drinking only Water, Water has so many health benefits that it might help your vision get clearer and less blurred over time.

There are lots of testimonies from lots of people on the Internet that are out there for you to read up on, about how Intermittent Fasting has helped to clear their Cataracts.

A 68 years old woman on fastdiet.co.uksaid she embarked on a 5:2 intermittent fasting for two weeks and afterwards, her vision significantly improved. And she was even able to start driving at night once again! Although, she didn't understand the science behind this and was very surprised with the outcome, but she was also interested in knowing if any research had backed this up. But unfortunately, not much research has gone into studying the benefits of intermittent fasting on improving eyesight in Cataract patients. A lot still needs to be studied.

Also, a change in diet towards vegan and vegetarian diets might significantly improve your eyesight. Studies have shown that eggs, dairy products and meat might worsen Cataract symptoms. Intermittent fasting helps you to stay away from these foods. And it also helps you to activate cell detoxing and cell renewal, a process scientifically called Autophagy which might be highly beneficial to your eye cells.

So all in all, Intermittent Fasting is beneficial to most people with Cataracts and are trying to improve their eyesight.

For some people though, there is no observed benefit. But for most people, it is highly beneficial.

Do you have cataracts? Or it's symptoms? You should try the 16:8 or 5:2 intermittent fasting methods and monitor their effects on your eyesight. If it improves, then try to fast more! But if it doesn't improve or your sight gets worse, be sure to stop the fast immediately and seek more conventional and proven treatment methods from a certified eye doctor.

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