Thursday, August 16, 2012

Less Calories and Salt Helps Fight Diabetic Retinopathy

Eating less calories, salt helps fight diabetic retinopathy

 A study in Archives of Ophthalmology suggests that eating less calories may help reduce risk of diabetic retinopathy in African-American people with Type 1 diabetes or prevent the progression of the disease.

The study found baseline total calorie intake was significantly associated with 6 year incidence of vision threatening diabetic retinopathy in Type 1 diabetes patients, either proliferative diabetic retinopathy or macular edema, and the incidence of severe hard exudates.

For the study, African American patients were followed up for six years and dietary information was surveyed at baseline.

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