When the boy was 14, he often complained to his family and family doctor of always being lethargic and tired. To help with this issue, the doctor gave him vitamin B12 injections and discussed the importance of following a better diet and eating healthier foods.
By age 15, the teen began to lose his hearing and was referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Shortly after, he developed problems with his vision.
The teen’s vision continued to worsen over the next two years, and by age 17, his visual acuity had declined to 20/200, which is considered legally blind in both the U.K. and the U.S.
When doctors further investigated his daily habits along with his typical daily meals they discovered the awful trend. "[T]he patient confessed that, since elementary school, he would not eat certain textures of food," the authors wrote. "He had a daily portion of fries from the local fish and chip shop and snacked on Pringles, white bread, processed ham slices and sausages."
It’s no secret that poor eating habits can lead to health difficulties. However, in advanced countries, like US and England, suffering debilitating hearing and vision loss from a poor diet is extremely rare. In this particular case, nutritional deficiencies in several essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and copper, probably played a role in his vision and hearing loss.
He was given nutritional supplements, and his vision stopped getting worse, though it didn't improve.
Having a healthy diet is extremely important for your overall well-being.
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