ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
DIET, NUTRITION
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Barefoot Best for Running?
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight

FRIDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Maintaining good control over one's blood sugar levels can help people with type 1 diabetes better avoid retinopathy, a serious disorder that damages the eye's retina, researchers say.

The findings come from a 25-year study that confirms prior large studies. The findings were published in the November issue of Ophthalmology.

The Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy also found that being male, having higher blood pressure, having protein in urine (a manifestation of diabetic kidney disease) and a greater body mass index also increased one's risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Maintaining glycemic control, based on blood levels of glycosylated hemoglobin A1 -- a measure of average blood sugar -- helped improve the condition in those that had it as well, regardless of how long the patient had type 1 diabetes or how far along the diabetic retinopathy was at the start of the study.

The almost 1,000 study participants had all been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before age 30, and were on insulin to combat it. All were initially evaluated between 1980 and 1982, and were followed up on periodically over 25 years. About half completed the entire study.

More information

The National Eye Institute has more about diabetic retinopathy.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Nov. 3, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 14, 2008

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