Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blood Glucose Measures Can Predict Diabetic Retinopathy

Researchers from Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Villejuif, France studied how glucose levels might predict the risk of diabetic retinopathy.The goal was to study the frequency of diabetic retinopathy in individuals 10 years after measuring baseline levels of fasting plasma glucose and hemoglobin A1C and to evaluate whether there were certain levels of the glucose measurements that could be used to predict whether patients would develop diabetic retinopathy. A clear relationship was found between certain threshold levels of fasting blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1C level and the predisposition to develop diabetic retinopathy. This information provides useful values for physicians treating diabetic patients to strive for in order to help patients with diabetes avoid the retinal complications of diabetes.

Archives of Ophthalmology: February 2011

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