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Eye Disease Affects Nearly One in Three Diabetics
Date:8/10/2010

ar thereafter. People just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes may be able to wait a few years before having their first dilated eye exam, but then should have one every year after as well.

Bergenstal said that to help prevent retinopathy, people with either type of diabetes need to maintain good blood sugar levels, keep their blood pressure controlled, and lower their cholesterol with medications, if necessary.

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To learn more about diabetic retinopathy, visit the U.S. National Eye Institute.

SOURCES: Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Richard Bergenstal, M.D., president, medicine and science, American Diabetes Association; Aug. 11, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association


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