The ocular system is perhaps one of the least studied organs in diet and nutrition yet the consequences of vision loss can be devastating. Partial or whole, vision loss can affect not only the quality of life of the individual but also the family unit as well. One of the biggest contributors to complete vision loss in the western hemisphere is diabetes, precipitated by metabolic syndrome. In some developing countries, micronutrient deficiencies are major contributory factors to impaired vision. However, there are a range of ocular defects that have either their origin in nutritional deficiencies or excess or have been shown to respond favorably to nutritional components. The eye from the cornea to the retina may be affected by nutritional components. Effects may be physiological or molecular. Thus there are a great many approaches to understanding how dietary and nutritional factors affect the eye. However, the extent to which they share common features or etiological factors is not always apparent as hitherto there has been no comprehensive book on the eye in relation to diet and nutrition.
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Titolo: Handbook of Nutrition, Diet and the Eye
Editore: Elsevier - Academic Press
Finitura: Copertina rigida
Misure: 21x27 cm