Mechanism Leading to Diabetic Blindness Identified

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Diabetic retinopathy is a common side effect of diabetes and the leading cause of blindness in young adults in the United States. Scientists have long known that high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels in the eye, but they didn’t know why or how this happens. Now a Michigan State University scientist has discovered the process that causes retinal cells to die, which could lead to new treatments that halt the damage.

Susanne Mohr, MSU associate professor of physiology, has discovered the process which is caused by high blood sugar levels that leads to the the vascular damage associated with diabetic retinopathy.
The research is published in the Jan. 29 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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