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How can diabetic control reduce risk of diabetic retinopathy?

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A mix of strict blood sugar control and routine screening with eye exams may help. But even with the best medical care, it's not always possible to prevent or slow retinal damage.

 Studies show that keeping blood sugar levels near normal can cut the chance of developing retinopathy and can help keep existing retinopathy from getting worse. Your doctor can provide guidelines that may include insulin and other medications,diet changes, and exercise. Intensive insulin therapy, which may include frequent blood sugar testing and using an insulin pump, may be an option.

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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