ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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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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