Published On: Tue, Jun 14th, 2016

Diabetes control can save your vision


A new research study has stated that you can protect your eyesight from the effects of diabetes by rigorously controlling your blood sugar level.

The people who suffer from type 2 diabetes — who rigorously controlled their blood sugar level all through the landmark Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial Eye Study — were discovered to have slashed their peril of diabetic retinopathy in partially in a follow-up evaluation organized four years later than halting rigorous therapy.

Although individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma as are non-diabetics, the primary vision problem caused by diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of new cases of blindness and low vision in adults aged 20-65.

Emily Chew, who is the lead author of the research study, has stated that this research study sends an influential message to people with type 2 diabetes who concerned regarding losing eye sight and stated that well-controlled glycemic or blood sugar level has an optimistic, assessable and eternal effect on eye health.

Rigid control effectively decreased glycemia to a standard 6.4 percent A1C — an evaluate of standard blood glucose — contrasted to 7.7 percent amid contributors on standard glycemic control therapy.  Though it failed to decrease cardiovascular disease peril — for example, heart attack and stroke — the researchers discovered that the therapy had hack retinopathy succession by almost one-third by the end of ACCORD. Findings as well inform on a probable role for the ongoing use of fenofibrate to treat diabetic retinopathy, if got frequently.

Relied on ACCORD results, fenofibrate might be value taking to control diabetic retinopathy development. Further countries — involving Australia — have accepted fenofibrate for treating diabetic retinopathy however not the US, stated Chew.

The research study presented in the journal Diabetes Care.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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