A new study from the University of Birmingham reveals that patients who had both type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) were at high risk of developing blindness within a period of four years.
– Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness and affects 40 to 50 percent of diabetic patients.
– OSA is common in type 2 diabetes patients due to weight problems. Excess weight leads to the onset of the two conditions.
– Diabetic retinopathy was more common in patients who had both type 2 diabetes and OSA as compared to those people who only suffered from diabetes.
However, more importantly, we have shown that patients with OSA and Type 2 diabetes, compared to those with diabetes only, are at increased risk of developing advanced diabetic retinopathy over a period of three years and seven months.
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