ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
CANCER
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly?
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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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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