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People with Diabetes Are Unaware of Risks
Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009
Despite the large number of cases of diabetes diagnosed in the United States, many Americans still lack basic knowledge about the disease. Less then 50% of those diagnosed with diabetes know that diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Impaired Fasting Glucose and Diabetes Have Same Risk of Retinopathy
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009
The two factors most strongly associated with retinopathy at 10 years were impaired fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c. A fasting blood glucose of 126mg/dL for the diagnosis of diabetes should be reevaluated.

US Immigrants Provided Less Diabetes Care
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A new study shows that foreign-born adults with diabetes who move to the US are less apt to get certain types of recommended care than native-born US citizens with diabetes.

New Screening Methods Work for Diabetic Retinopathy
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
For diabetic retinopathy screening, telemedicine and photographing fewer fields allow for faster detection for more patients, researchers said.

The Economics of Undiagnosed Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Approximately 6.3 million adults - or one-fourth of the people in the U.S. with diabetes mellitus - are unaware they have the disease, and this undiagnosed population accounts for an estimated $18 billion in health care costs each year.

Golden Rice Potential
Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009
"Golden rice," a genetically modified grain that incorporates beta-carotene, has recently shown to help "convert vitamin A" in humans. This finding suggests that golden rice could help prevent vision loss and blindness in people suffering from vitamin A deficiency, especially those in poor, heavily rice-consuming countries. Many poor countries also suffer from high cases of diabetes, which can result in vision loss due to retinopathy.

South Asians More at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A recent study out of England has concluded that South Asians are significantly more likely to suffer from diabetic retinopathy than Caucasian Europeans. This is troubling news, especially for the densely populated, and highly diabetic, country of India.

Oily Fish Can Reduce Risk of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Eating oily fish containing docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid at least once a week appears to decrease the risk of developing wet age-related macular degeneration by half, according to a large population-based study.

ARB Drug Fights Diabetic Eye Disease
Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2008
New studies provide further evidence that candesartan, a blood pressure medicine, can cut the risk and severity of retinopathy in people who have diabetes, by as much as 18%, as well as blood pressure.

Eye Test Detects Early Stages of Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008
A snapshot of the retina could detect cell damage in the early stages of diabetes. Diabetics can lose "a substantial fraction--up to 50 percent--of their retinal cells" before they're aware of vision problems.

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