Diabetic eye issues a growing problem in youth with the disease

February 17, 2017
U-M Health Lab

Blindness and eye problems may seem far in the future for children and teenagers with diabetes. But a new study shows these concerns shouldn’t be overlooked in those with the condition — of any age.

The large, national study, led by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, shows more than 1 in 5 youth with type 1 diabetes, and 7 percent with type 2 diabetes, have diagnoses of diabetic retinopathy, a weakening of the walls of the eye’s blood vessels after prolonged exposure to high blood sugar. In the review of 4,008 cases, children as young as 6 had been diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, the more advanced form of the disease.

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