A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that nearly 30 percent of U.S. diabetics over the age of 40 may have a diabetes-related eye disorder, with 4 percent of this population affected severely enough that their vision is threatened.
The researchers found that men had a significantly higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy compared to women. Other risk factors included a longer duration with diabetes, use of insulin, high systolic blood pressure and high hemoglobin A1c levels.
Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic blacks also had significantly higher rates of the condition compared to non-Hispanic whites.
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