High rate of diabetes growth adds risks of related eye disease

As diabetes is taking the shape of next epidemic, the number of patients suffering from diabetes-diabetes related eye problems, are also increasing. Recent researches have found the number of diabetes related diseases like retinal disease, glaucoma and with cataracts is estimated to increase significantly by 2050, according to a new report.

Major among the diabetes related diseases is diabetic retinopathy. It is the leading cause of blindness among American working-age adults with approximately $500 million spent on direct medical costs for diabetic retinopathy in 2004, according to background information in the article.

In the recent study, researchers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, used published data from the 2004 National Health Interview Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate the number, age, sex and race/ethnicity of Americans with diabetes that will have the following eye conditions in the year 2050: diabetic retinopathy, vision threatening diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.

Based on these data, the authors estimate that from 2005 to 2050 diabetic retinopathy cases will increase from 5.5 million to 16 million; vision threatening diabetic retinopathy cases will increase from 1.2 million to 3.4 million; increases in diabetic retinopathy and vision threatening diabetic retinopathy among Americans age 65 or older will be more prominent, cataract cases among whites and blacks age 40 or older with diabetes will likely rise 235 percent; cataract cases among people with diabetes age 75 or older will increase 637 percent for black women and 677 percent for black men; and glaucoma cases among Hispanics age 65 or older with diabetes will increase 12-fold.

Source: Science Daily


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