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Is TV making you blind?

You know what sugar does to your teeth. Just like mom always said, it’ll rot ’em right out of your head.

But the damage sugar does in your mouth is nothing next to what it does inside the rest of your body — and if you’ve got diabetes, sugar uses your blood like a highway to attack from head to toe.

And when it reaches your eyes, it’ll do to your peepers what it does to your teeth.

It’ll rot ’em right out of your head!

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults, especially older folks, as the sugar in the blood rips through the tiny blood vessels in the retina.

But it’s not just the sugar itself that leads to blindness.

New research shows how it’s getting some help. If you’re a couch potato, TV junkie, “binge watcher” or just plain lazy, sugar can do even more damage when it isn’t washed out of the blood as effectively.

As a result, diabetics who sit more suffer much more damage in the eyeballs.

How’s that for irony? The more TV you watch, the more likely you’ll suffer vision loss — making it impossible to watch more TV.

While ANY amount of extended sitting will bleed your eyeballs from the inside, the study finds the biggest risk is in folks slouching around in front of the tube for more than eight hours a day.

But even a little sitting will do a lot of damage, with every extra hour parked in front of the old idiot box boosting your risk of diabetic retinopathy by 16 percent, according to the study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

I know getting active is a struggle, especially if you’ve got diabetes.

This is one disease that’ll slow you down and wear you out — leaving you so physically and mentally wrecked that you want nothing more than to lie around.

Don’t fall into that trap, my friend, because your very vision is on the line here. And if that’s not enough of a reason to get up and get moving, you’ve got something else at stake even more important: your life!

Folks who sit the most have the highest risk of death — so get up and get moving.

No one’s saying you’ve got to train for the next Olympics. But if the only “exercise” in your house is the workout your sofa gets as it struggles to hold you in place for hours at a time, you’re in for trouble.

Just get up. Walk around — whether it’s your neighborhood, your yard or even inside your home, it counts just the same, because even those gentle movements will help your body put sugar in the blood to work.

And when it’s being put to work, it’s not eating away at your eyeballs.

When you DO sit, there’s an easy way to keep the “exercise” going — and you’re not going to believe what it is.

I’ll have more on that in an email later today.

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