Patients With Diabetes Mellitus Who Drink Moderate Amounts Of Alcohol At Increased Risk For Losing Visual Acuity.

MedWire (7/12) reported that, according to a study published online July 5 in the journal Diabetic Medicine, “patients with diabetes mellitus who drink moderate amounts of alcohol are not at an increased risk for developing retinopathy, but are at an increased risk for losing visual acuity.” After analyzing “data on 1,239 individuals aged 55 to 81 years with type 2 diabetes,” researchers found that “moderate or heavy consumption of alcohol, compared with no drinking, was not associated with the presence or progression of diabetic retinopathy.” However, “moderate and heavy alcohol consumption was associated with an approximate two-fold increase in risk” for loss of visual acuity.

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