Sunday, November 29, 2009

Data from an Epidemiological Study on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome (DESIR)

The 10-year prevalence of retinopathy was nearly identical among individuals with impaired fasting glucose as among those with overt diabetes at baseline in a longitudinal French study of 700 adults.

The findings provide further evidence that calls into question the current definition of diabetes, which was based on glycemic thresholds for retinopathy and nephropathy derived from cross-sectional studies conducted in the 1990's.

Dr. Pascale Massin said at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) that recent studies using more sensitive methods for assessing retinopathy are showing that, just as with cardiovascular disease, the relationship between blood glucose and retinopathy varies across a continuum.


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