Prevalence of macular edema may vary by ethnicity, researchers say

MedWire (9/14, Grice) reported that, according to a study published online in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, “clinically significant macular edema (CSME) in patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease is more common in Hispanic and African-American patients than in non-Hispanic whites.” Researchers “analyzed data from the 1,268 participants in” the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial “who had baseline seven-field stereo fundus photographs available for both eyes” in a subject subset comprised of “222 (17.5 percent) Hispanics, 225 (17.7 percent) African-Americans, and 821 (64.7 percent) non-Hispanic whites.” The prevalence of CSME “varied by race, at 6.3 percent in non-Hispanic whites, 15.6 percent in African-Americans, and 18 percent in Hispanics.” Even after multivariate regression analysis, “CSME remained associated with ethnicity/race, with a 2.3-fold higher prevalence in both Hispanics and African-Americans, compared with non-Hispanic whites.” For more information on eye and vision care issues visit


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  1. Thats very good to know… thanks

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