ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Get to Know the Pap Test
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
EYE CARE, VISION
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
FITNESS
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Countdown to Hair Loss
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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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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