Thursday, November 12, 2009

Routine blood test may identify those at risk of diabetic retinopathy.

A study of the levels of hemoglobin levels may show increased risk of proliferative-retinopathy for those with jevenile-onset diabetes. "This is the first study, to our knowledge, to show high hemoglobin levels to be predictive of the long-term incidence of proliferative diabetic retinopathy," the researchers wrote in the November issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

According to the study, hemoglobin levels and diastolic pressure were the only predictive factors of retinopathy. They said their findings on high hemoglobin levels and retinopathy "may have important clinical relevance, as they may both identify new pathogenetic pathways to proliferative diabetic retinopathy and influence clinical treatment."

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