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Why do diabetics have eye problems?
« on: 23/07/2008 20:38:46 »
When I was young a neighbour died in a diabetic coma. She was blind because of her disease, why?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 23/07/2008 20:52:56 »
When I was young a neighbour died in a diabetic coma. She was blind because of her disease, why?

Hi MILady,

It's called diabetic retinopathy, probably the worst complication of the disease, together with kidney failure.
Shortly, tiny vessels in the retina are compromised by the abnormally high concentration of glucose that binds to proteins altering their functions and damaging delicate organs.  The better glucose levels are lowered by insulin treatment and proper diet, the less these dreadful complications show up.  So a proper "counselling" and careful follow up of these patients is very important for prevention over the years.

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« Last Edit: 23/07/2008 21:33:07 by iko »
 

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Why do diabetics have eye problems?
« Reply #2 on: 23/07/2008 21:00:06 »
Vasculopathy is strongly associated with diabetes.
This destruction of blood vessels can reduce the blood supply to the eye causing blindness.
The mainstream view is that diabetes has caused the vasculopathy and consequent retinopathy.

However vasculopathy (e.g. vasculitis) can cause diabetes and retinopathy (and nephropathy),
so diabetes could actually be a consequence of vasculopathy, not a cause.
« Last Edit: 23/07/2008 21:15:47 by RD »
 

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Why do diabetics have eye problems?
« Reply #3 on: 23/07/2008 22:39:21 »
Thanks you two, the kids wouldn't believe me so now I can explain it too them.
 

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