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Researchers have discovered that people with the highest LDL level faced double the risk of visual problems (macular edema) as those with the lowest LDL level. Blood sugar levels have previously been linked to retinal diseases. High cholesterol does not appear to have any effect on diabetic retinopathy. Studies on diabetics found that diabetics with the top 25% of total-to-HDL cholesterol ration faced nearly 4 times the risk of developing macular edema as those in the lowest 25%. These results suggest that high cholesterol in type 1 diabetics should be aggressively controlled in order to prevent vision problems as well as cardiovascular problems.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Diabetics with uncontrolled high cholesterol face greater risk of vision problems
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Reuters Health
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