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Is it common to get diabetic retinopathy?

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If you have diabetes (type 1 or type 2), you could get diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects your eyes. But your chances of getting it depend on several things:

  • The type of diabetes you have
  • How long you've had it
  • How often your blood glucose changes
  • How well controlled your sugars are

At first, you may not even know you have diabetic retinopathy. Or, you might just notice minor vision problems. Either way, there are things you can do to prevent it. And there are treatments to help slow it down.

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National Eye Institute: “Diabetic Retinopathy.”

Diabetes Care: “Diabetic retinopathy is associated with mortality and cardiovascular disease incidence: the EURODIAB prospective complications study.”

American Journal of Epidemiology: “Lower-than-Expected Prevalence and Severity of Retinopathy in an Incident Cohort followed during the First 4-14 Years of Type 1 Diabetes.”

New England Journal of Medicine: “Angiogenic Pathways in Diabetic Retinopathy.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2021

SOURCES:


National Eye Institute: “Diabetic Retinopathy.”

Diabetes Care: “Diabetic retinopathy is associated with mortality and cardiovascular disease incidence: the EURODIAB prospective complications study.”

American Journal of Epidemiology: “Lower-than-Expected Prevalence and Severity of Retinopathy in an Incident Cohort followed during the First 4-14 Years of Type 1 Diabetes.”

New England Journal of Medicine: “Angiogenic Pathways in Diabetic Retinopathy.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2021

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