University of Michigan Health System
A study including more than 4,000 people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes — all under age 21 — revealed a troubling eye health trend.
Blindness and eye problems may seem far in the future for children and teenagers with diabetes. But a new study shows these concerns shouldn’t be overlooked in those with the condition — of any age.
The large, national study, led by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, shows more than 1 in 5 youth with type 1 diabetes, and 7 percent with type 2 diabetes, have diagnoses of diabetic retinopathy, a weakening of the walls of the eye’s blood vessels after prolonged exposure to high blood sugar.
In the review of 4,008 cases, children as young as 6 had been diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, the more advanced form of the disease. [Read more…]