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What can you do to prevent diabetic retinopathy?

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Work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure at good levels. This will help to slow down diabetic retinopathy, and may even prevent it. Make sure you see an eye doctor at least once a year for a complete eye exam. If you have diabetes and are pregnant, you should also have a thorough eye exam during the first trimester, and follow up with an eye doctor during pregnancy. (Tell the eye doctor if you have gestational diabetes.)

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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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