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Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A common form of diabetic eye disease is retinopathy. Caused by damaged blood vessels that feed the eye's retina, it can lead to serious vision problems, including vision loss. The American Diabetes Association says risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include: Uncontrolled blood sugar. High blood pressure. How long you have been living with diabetes. Your genetics.

A Better Diabetes Test?

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Industry-funded researchers say they've developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test. "We think our approach will enable many patients and their doctors to do a better job controlling blood sugar levels and reduce the long-term risks of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure" associated with diabetes, said Dr. John Higgins, associate ...

When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – People with diabetes who remain inactive may have higher odds for a vision-robbing eye condition, new research suggests. While the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers say a "couch potato" lifestyle does seem to raise the risk for diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. National Eye Institute, the condition "involves changes to retinal ...

Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 – Intensive blood sugar control appears to reduce the risk of eye disease progression in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study says. People with type 2 diabetes are at risk for the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This condition damages tiny blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Researchers compared type 2 diabetes ...

Cost of Insulin Rises Threefold in Just a Decade: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Americans with diabetes who rely on insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check are facing sticker shock: A new study finds the price of insulin has tripled in only 10 years. Moreover, since 2010, per-person spending on insulin in the United States was more than spending on all other diabetes drugs, the study found. "The cost of insulin has risen rapidly over the ...

Breast-Feeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Preemie Eye Problem

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Breast-feeding a premature infant may help reduce the risk of a serious eye problem known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), new research suggests. The researchers said that when babies were exclusively fed breast milk, the risk of any-stage ROP appeared to drop by about 75 percent. And the risk of severe ROP seemed to be reduced by 90 percent, the researchers added. ...

Drug Lucentis May Fight Diabetic Eye Disease

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – The injected drug Lucentis (ranibizumab) appears highly effective at treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a common diabetes-related eye disease, new research shows. Investigators say the drug beat a standard treatment, laser therapy, in curbing the vision-robbing ailment. The findings, "provide crucial evidence for a safe and effective alternative to laser therapy ...

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The Mouthhealthy.org website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased ...

Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. "We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well," wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei. Better ...

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Lower Diabetes Risk for Some

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Treating sleep apnea may help people with slightly elevated blood sugar levels lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. "Assessment of sleep apnea should be considered in patients at high risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, since our study shows that treatment of sleep apnea can reduce these risks," the study's senior author, Dr. Esra ...

Better Diabetes Blood Sugar Management Leads to Fewer Eye Surgeries

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Intensive management of type 1 diabetes can reduce the risk of having a diabetes-related eye surgery by nearly 50 percent, according to a new report. But even for people who couldn't meet the very stringent blood sugar targets set for the study participants, just a 10 percent improvement in hemoglobin A1C – a two- to three-month estimate of average blood sugar levels ...

Study Compares Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes. Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition – Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis – and found that Eylea came out on top, at least for patients with "moderate" vision loss. The study, funded by the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), "will have a dramatic impact on ...

Eyes a Window Into Brain Health: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15 – People who have mild vascular disease that damages the eyes' retinas are more likely to have vascular disease in the brain that causes thinking and memory problems, new research indicates. The study included 511 women with an average age of 69 whose thinking and memory skills were tested every year for 10 years. The women's eyes were tested about four years into the study, ...

Steroid Shots Tested to Treat Diabetes-Related Eye Disease

Posted 17 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16 – Injecting steroids into the eye may slow the progression of diabetes-related eye disease, but should not be counted on as a treatment at this time, researchers say. Diabetic retinopathy, which can cause vision loss and blindness, occurs when new blood vessels form in the retina. The condition affects about 700,000 Americans, and 63,000 new cases develop each year, according ...

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