19.03.2015

Diabetes "may not lead to eye disease"

Diabetes "may not lead to eye disease"

Diabetes sufferers may not necessarily have an increased risk of developing eye disease, despite general medical opinion suggesting so.

That is a according to a new study led by Dr Jennifer Sun, at the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, which claims that diabetes sufferers may even be protected against proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

She analysed 97 patients who had lived with diabetes for over 50 years and found that the majority of them escaped vision loss despite the extremely long duration of the disease.

"Our data from this unique group of individuals who have survived extremely long-duration diabetes may help identify other factors that protect against retinopathy complications," Dr Sun explained.

Meanwhile, according to a new study led by Dr Lesley Curtis and colleagues at the Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina, eye therapies such as intravitreous injection and chemotherapy drugs do not pose a risk to the heart.

by Adrian Galbreth


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