UK: Refined starch linked to shortsightedness in children
Refined starches such as those found in breads and cereals could be contributing to the increase in shortsightedness observed among western children. According to a report in the New Scientist magazine, diets high in refined starches lead to increased insulin levels, which affects how the eyeball develops. The eyeball elongates, leading to shortsightedness as the lens fails to focus a sharp image on the retina.
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