Link found between diabetes and glaucoma

If you suffer from diabetes and hypertension, you may be at a greater risk for developing open angle glaucoma (OAG). Research at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center led by Dr. Joshua D. Stein found that people with diabetes and hypertension are 35 percent more likely to develop OAG.

“Patients who have diabetes and hypertension are already known to be at elevated risk for eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, a condition that harms the blood vessels in the retina,” explained Dr. Stein. “This study and others suggest that, for these patients, an increased likelihood of glaucoma is also a concern.”

Regular eye examinations are extremely important, especially if you have risk factors like diabetes or hypertension. The Mayo Clinic lists gradual loss of peripheral vision and tunnel vision as signs of OAG.

As a diabetic, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid any complications. Dr. Newton’s Naturals makes vitamins specifically for diabetics, such as Nutra-Betic. This supplement contains chromium chelavite and dahlulin, which may support normal insulin response to help regulate blood sugar.

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