My mom was just told that she has cataracts in both eyes that need to be surgically removed. She's only 57, and has only recently needed reading glasses, eats a mostly Paleo diet(for years), and generally takes extremely good care of herself. She literally only told me about all of this this morning, so I haven't really done any research yet, but am wondering what mineral deficiencies would be associated with the formation of cataracts. I want to pass this on to her, but also protect myself. My maternal grandmother had cataracts removed at an early age like this as well. Any information is appreciated, even alternative therapies to surgery, and personal stories around this issue. Thanks!
Oxidative stress seems to be the overall factor.
This link may be helpful: http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/cataracts.htm
My dad just had his cataract surgery at 72. It's a pretty low-risk surgery from what I understand.
I've seen a few studies that link AGEs (advanced glycation end products) to cataracts. It seems to be unclear whether this is caused by dietary AGEs or the effect is strictly limited to those produced in the body.