Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduced diabetic retinopathy risk regardless of postsurgery diabetes status in a two-phase trial; a second study confirms obesity-related microvascular changes are reversible. Medscape Medical News
UPDATED // The large Japanese DOIT3 trial tells clinicians that optimal lipid, blood pressure, and, glycemic control are important to reduce microvascular and macrovascular complications in type 2 diabetes. Medscape Medical News
It might make sense to screen everyone with diabetes for retinopathy using optical coherence tomography (OCT), new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
Patients who developed retinopathy complications with semaglutide were more likely to have had preexisting retinopathy, poorer baseline glycemic control, and more robust glucose lowering in the trial. Medscape Medical News
Treating diabetic macular edema with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) may lead to improvements in diabetic retinopathy severity for up to two years, particularly in patients with nonproliferative disease, researchers say. Reuters H…
Originally developed as a cancer drug, teprotumumab shows “unheralded” efficacy at relieving symptoms of thyroid eye disease, one investigator said.
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Long-term data from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and its follow-up suggest retina exam frequency can be individualized based on initial degree of retinopathy and HbA1c. Medscape Medical News
Uncertainty lingers about the cardiovascular safety of intravitreal ranibizumab injections for diabetic macular edema, a pooled analysis of clinical trials shows. Reuters Health Information
Patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo intensive glucose lowering have a reduced risk of developing microvascular kidney and eye complications, a pooled analysis of four trials suggested. Medscape Medical News
A primary-care-based telemedicine program has cut waiting time and improved screening rates for diabetic retinopathy in a large public-safety-net health system in LA County. Medscape Medical News
Many youths with diabetes did not receive timely eye examinations to screen for diabetic retinopathy, a new study has found. Medscape Medical News
Since the ADA’s last guidelines on diabetic retinopathy in 2002, advances have included widespread use of optical coherence tomography, wide-field fundus photography, and intravitreous anti-VEGF injections. Medscape Medical News
Researchers have drawn different conclusions about the effect of diabetes on corneal endothelial cell count and donor eye suitability for transplant. Reuters Health Information
Why aren’t many low income and minority diabetic patients being screened for diabetic retinopathy? This study found a striking divergence of opinion between patients and providers. Preventing Chronic Disease
“Eyes on Diabetes” is theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day, with a survey indicating that vision loss is feared twice as much as other diabetes complications, yet there remain many barriers to care.
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Researchers are finding ways to make annual screening quick, easy, and comprehensive for patients.
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Contrary to what might be expected, a financial incentive to boost uptake of diabetic retinopathy screening was found to deter invitees from attending. Medscape Medical News
While diabetic patients are waiting for their eye drops to take effect at retinopathy screening, they could quickly be assessed for early diabetic neuropathy with new devices, at a one-stop shop. Medscape Medical News
The percentage of blindness and visual impairment attributable to diabetic retinopathy was lower in low-income regions with younger populations and higher in high-income parts of the world. Medscape Medical News
At least two meals per week containing oily fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, seems enough to cut the risk by almost half in people with type 2 diabetes, suggests a post hoc analysis of a major trial. Medscape Medical News