Journal article

Review of the role of refined dietary sugars (fructose and glucose) in the genesis of retinal disease

Frances M Kearney, Xavier J Fagan, Salmaan Al-Qureshi

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

This review examines the current evidence of the relationship between sugar consumption and the development of retinal and other eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and cataract. Sucrose is comprised of fructose and glucose. Sugar consumption has increased five-fold over the last century, with high quantities of sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup found in processed food and soft drinks. This increased consumption is increasingly recognized as a central factor in the rapidly rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The body metabolizes fructose and glucose differently, ..

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