High Blood Glucose Could Lead to Cataracts in Older Type 2 People

| Feb 1, 1999

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are suggesting that high blood glucose levels help cause cataracts in older patients with type 2 diabetes.

According to the December 1998 issue of the American Journal of Opthalmology, a five-year follow-up study was conducted on older patients with type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted on 3,684 adults on whom eye exams had been performed five years earlier. Patients were between the ages of 43 and 84 years of age.

In an interview with news wire reporters, Barbara Klein, MD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says, "Increased HbA1c level was associated with increased risk of nuclear and cortical cataracts. Because levels of glycemia can be manipulated, our findings in patients with diabetes may have preventative utility."

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Categories: A1c Test, Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Eye Care (Retinopathy), Geriatrics, Type 2 Issues

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