Often performed on aging patients at risk of serious eye conditions such as blindness, eye exams may soon prove to be powerful tools in the detection of brain disease. As a practical, preventative measure, eye examinations assist physicians in observing and determining the deterioration of eye health in aging patients, helping to protect against crippling impairment. It is estimated that nearly 50% of blindness cases can be avoided or prevented with routine visits to an eye care professional, according to Harvard Health Publishing Continue reading
In recent years, the medical community has witnessed increased interest in the area of brain health, with heightened research efforts directed at uncovering the complexities of neurological disorders and methods of prevention. Correspondingly, the U.S. dietary supplement market has experienced tremendous growth, accounting for more than $40 billion in retail sales of over 85,000 different supplement products in 2018. Now a multi-billion-dollar industry, the brain health supplement market doubled its sales between 2006 and 2015 and continues its upward trajectory both globally and within the United States.
Today, there is a widely held notion of the universal “healthy” diet: with collective benefits applicable across all individuals. The U.S. federal dietary guidelines have aimed to establish blueprints for proper nutrition, which in theory should apply to all and lead to the same or at least similar results. However, increasing amounts of forthcoming research implicate the one-size-fits-all approach as fundamentally flawed due to its omission of a multitude of vital personal factors including biomarkers, metabolic capabilities, and genetic predispositions.