As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
Cataracts are opaque densities with slowly develop in the lens of the eye during aging. This common disease is attributed to the accumulation of excessive protein molecules in the lens of the eye. Although cataracts can form in any region of the lens, the central type of cataract is the type commonly associated with the aging eye. Cataracts are produced following continual and direct free-radical activity caused from UV rays, inflammation, smoking, x-rays and diabetes.
As the proteins accumulate within the lens of the eye, the ability of the lens to accommodate to various light sources diminishes. When this process occurs, it becomes increasingly difficult for the eye to focus upon any image with clarity.
Cataracts are a very common occurrence with a 50% prevalence in people over the age of 65 and can develop in any eye. Thus the standard treatment of surgical removal remains as one of the most frequent surgical procedures performed upon the elderly.
Macular degeneration (MD) is a condition associated with degenerative destruction of the macula of the retina. The macula is located in the centre of the retina and is responsible for close and detailed visual images. Therefore during this process, images may appear dull, blurry with detail being difficult to ascertain. In time, partial or complete visual loss may occur.
There are principally two recognized forms of MD, the dry form which is the most common type and wet MD. The wet form develops much more rapidly and is associated with fluid accumulation behind the retina and rapid visual loss. The dry form often develops more gradually and results in a partial visual loss which is centralized. Macular degeneration which typically develops in both eyes, is the most common cause of blindness affecting an estimated 20% of those over the age of 75.
Nutritional intervention is an effective manner to manage and help prevent the onset of these eye diseases. Since it has been postulated that free radical activity may be directly associated with these conditions, foods and supplements high in anti-oxidants have been shown to be helpful in the management and prevention of these eye disorders.
Brightly coloured foods containing the carotenoids such as lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin have been previously shown to combat free radical activity in the retina. Foods high in these special pigmented compounds including kale, Swiss chard, sweet potato, carrots, and spinach.
Higher levels of antioxidant vitamins, containing vitamin C, found in citrus foods and green leafy vegetables, vitamin E found in wheat germ, nuts, seeds and spinach have a protective effect in the development of MD.
Increased levels of antioxidant minerals containing zinc found in oysters, seafood and meat, selenium found in nuts, fish and poultry are also considered to provide protection.
Foods such as, almonds, walnuts, sardines, herring and flax seed, containing high levels of essential fatty acids are also known to be very helpful in the prevention and management of these chronic eye conditions.