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Low-carb diet may protect eyesight

IANS  |  New York 

Besides helping lose weight, consuming a -- which is high fat, low protein and low carbohydrates -- can also help maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, finds a study conducted over mice.

is a in which damage to the cells that transmit visual information to the brain leads to vision loss and, in some cases,

Higher rates of in people with suggests a potential connection between this and metabolic stress.

The findings led by from the Medical University in the US showed that low carb, high fat diet protects retina cells and their connections to the brain from degeneration.

Switching mice destined to develop to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet protects the cells of the retina and their connections to the brain from degeneration.

The results, published in the journal JNeurosci, found that feeding mice, genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a composed of nearly 90 per cent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 13:34 IST