An individual"s blood glucose levels could be indicative of their long-term risk of the eye condition retinopathy, it has been claimed.
Research conducted by the Paris" Hopital Lariboisiere and published in the Archives of Ophthalmology journal, pointed out that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes are known to be linked with microvascular conditions such as retinopathy.
However, the study noted that there is "some controversy" in using glycemic thresholds when attempting to predict the risk of the eye problem.
The project followed 700 subjects for a period of ten years and found that 44 developed retinopathy over this time. The findings showed that people with higher blood glucose levels, even those without diabetes, had more chance of being diagnosed with it.
Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and University College London are working in collaboration to create regenerative drugs for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
by Adrian Galbreth