Blood test may identify juvenile-onset diabetic patients at heightened risk for proliferative retinopathy

MedPage Today (11/11, Gever) reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, “an already routine blood test may identify juvenile-onset diabetic patients at heightened risk for proliferative retinopathy.” In fact, “in a multivariate analysis” of data on 426 people followed over 18 years, researchers found that “each increment of 1 g/dL in hemoglobin was associated with a linear 29% increase in risk for retinopathy in men with type 1 diabetes (95% CI 8% to 54%), and a quadratic 10% risk increase in women (95% CI 0% to 20%).” Notably, “only diastolic pressure and glycated hemoglobin were predictive of retinopathy in multivariate analysis for both sexes,” while “systolic pressure predicted retinopathy in women (HR 1.03 per mm Hg), but not in men.”  For detailed information on eye and vision care issues visit youreyesite.com

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