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Junk food & inadequate diet may lead to Nutritional Optic Neuropathy

According to the study published in one of the reputed medical journals, a strict diet of potato chips, French fries, and white bread in a teenager’s may gradually result in the permanent eyesight lose. Scientists of the University of Bristol examined the case of a young patient. The boy’s particularly selective eating is believed to result in his blindness. The scientist also considered this case as a whistleblower on the dangers regarding the poor diet in individuals.

According to a reported case published on Monday in the Internal Medicine Annals, a young boy at age 14 had visited his general practitioner regarding tiredness. The boy stated that he had consumed a limited diet of potato chips, French fries, some slices of processed meat, and white bread since elementary school. The patient had also avoided textured food, whereas the boy had normal height and Body Mass Index (BMI), and there were no symptoms of malnutrition. He was also not taking any medicines. Doctors found that the boy had anemia and very low level of vitamin B12. After a year, at the age of 15, the patient experienced difficulty in seeing and hearing loss, but doctors failed to identify the cause. At the age of 17, the patient’s eyesight and vision had deteriorated to the point of blindness. The research and investigation revealed that the boy had low Vitamin D, copper and selenium levels, vitamin B12 deficiency, and a high zinc level with abridged bone mineral density.

The doctors and scientist from Bristol Eye Hospital and Bristol Medical School concluded that the excessive intake of ‘junk food’ and ‘inadequate intake of nutritional minerals and vitamins’ has resulted in the dysfunction of the optic nerve, the onset of nutritional optic neuropathy. According to the Bristol Medical School and Bristol Eye Hospital’s ophthalmologist and study’s lead author, Dr. Denize Atan, this case highlights the influence of diet on physical and visual health and the circumstance that BMI and calorie intake are not trustworthy indicators of nutritive prominence.