Despite spending billions of dollars on two, massive “Decades of the Brain” research projects, mainstream medicine still has no idea what really causes Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia—much less how to treat it.
But some pioneering researchers just discovered that THIS routine medical exam could dramatically LOWER your risk of ever falling victim to this terrible brain disease!
Let me explain…
Common eye problem relates to dementia
As I’ve reported before, cataracts cloud the eye lens and are extremely common as you get older. They can interfere with vision, reading, and driving—especially at night.
That’s why it’s so important to make—and keep—routine eye exams. Especially because cataracts could help point to a dementia diagnosis.
In fact, researchers with the University of Washington School of Medicine recently looked at the link between cataracts and dementia.
They followed 3,000 older men and women who developed cataracts over 18 years. (The men and women developed cataracts either before enrollment or over the next eight years.)
Then, every two years for eight years, they took cognitive function tests. Some of them also underwent surgery during that time period to remove their cataracts. And some of them (about 25 percent) developed dementia (or AD, specifically).
But those who underwent cataract surgery had an impressive 30 percent LOWER RISK of developing ANY form of dementia compared to those who didn’t get cataract surgery. And that brain protection persisted for at least 10 years following surgery!
The researchers aren’t exactly sure how or why cataract surgery helps protect the brain against cognitive decline. They think it may have to do with improving sensory input from the eyes—because what you see with your eyes goes directly into your brain.
So, when a cataract blocks some of that sensory information…your brain gets less stimulation.
The researchers also think it may relate cataracts blocking blue light, which your body uses to regulate sleep cycles.
Three simple ways to slash cataracts risk
There are many natural ways to help slash your risk of cataracts and, possibly, reduce your dementia risk as a result.
First, I always recommend exposing your eyes each day to some broad-spectrum, natural sunlight by looking outside for 15 minutes a day. Especially in the morning.
If you spend more time in the sun, make sure to wear protective gear (such as a hat and sunglasses) to reduce your risk of developing a cataract.
Also, you visit your eye care practitioner periodically. They perform routine checks for the formation of this harmful clouding of your lens.
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