Nutritional deficiency implications of cataracts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

My mom was just told that she has cataracts in both eyes that need to be surgically removed. She's only 57, and has only recently needed reading glasses, eats a mostly Paleo diet(for years), and generally takes extremely good care of herself. She literally only told me about all of this this morning, so I haven't really done any research yet, but am wondering what mineral deficiencies would be associated with the formation of cataracts. I want to pass this on to her, but also protect myself. My maternal grandmother had cataracts removed at an early age like this as well. Any information is appreciated, even alternative therapies to surgery, and personal stories around this issue. Thanks!

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on December 22, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Oxidative stress seems to be the overall factor.

This link may be helpful: http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/cataracts.htm

My dad just had his cataract surgery at 72. It's a pretty low-risk surgery from what I understand.


on December 22, 2011
at 07:37 PM

From what I understand cataracts are pretty normal and happen due to aging. My father is an optometrist so I tend to hear more about the traditional ways of handling it.



on October 29, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I've seen a few studies that link AGEs (advanced glycation end products) to cataracts. It seems to be unclear whether this is caused by dietary AGEs or the effect is strictly limited to those produced in the body.

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