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Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases Is Increased Even with Mild Diabetic Retinopathy The Japan Diabetes Complications Study

Authored by Multiple
Posted on May 5, 2013
Topic: Diabetic Eye Care, Eye Care, Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research, Journal/Publication
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Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is linked to cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients. This study examined whether mild-stage DR is associated with risk of coronary heard disease (CHD) and stroke in type 2 diabetic patients of the Japan Diabetes Complications Study.

The study concluded that type 2 diabetic patients with even a mild stage of DR, such as dot hemorrhages, are already at higher risk of CHD and stroke independent of traditional risk factors.

The 2013 article was published by Elsevier Inc. and copyrighted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


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