ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
CANCER
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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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