Nutritionist says cataract, glaucoma can be prevented

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ABUJA – Mr Philip Amiengheme, , Advocacy for Prevention and Treatment Non-Communicable Disease Initiative, an NGO, said eye like cataract and glaucoma could be prevented by  consuming  fruits and vegetables.

Amiengheme, who is also a nutritionist, gave advice an interview with News Agency (NAN) Abuja on .

He said “beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, selenium, rutin, Alpha-Lipoic Acid derivable from fruits and vegetables have the capacity to prevent cataract and glaucoma and give you good eye sight.’’

He added visual conditions such as short sightedness (myopia), long sightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism (presbyopia), lazy eyes (amblyopia), macular degeneration and glaucoma were caused by starvation eyes nutrients.


Amiengheme said the vitamins, minerals and amino acids the eyes required to maintain optimal vision were vitamins A, C, E, B6, zinc and copper.

According to him, most common chronic health can be successfully tackled with nutrition-based approaches rather than .

He explained “the secret of staying healthy and aging gracefully depends greatly in one’s diet and lifestyle. is therefore essential to follow an adequate balanced diet for healthy living.

“Balanced diet means intake of foods that contain all the six classes of nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, fat, minerals, vitamins and water,’’Amiengheme said.

He said Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were caused by a combination of poor diet, poor lifestyle and inadequate physical .

The nutritionist quoted Whole Health Organisation (WHO) as saying “NCDs are some of the causes of particularly in the age group above 35 in .’’ (NAN)