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Posts Tagged ‘diabetic retinopathy’

Stopping Degeneration in its Tracks Part Two

GARP2 and GARP1 aren’t the only things that can negatively affect vision. Runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1) can lead to too many blood vessels in the eye, also known as neovascularization. This leads to vision loss in persons with diabetic retinopathy and plays a role in age-related macular degeneration. Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs […]

Preventing Vision Loss

The causes behind vision loss from conditions such a macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are complex and are not just one thing but a cascade of cellular and genetic actions that lead to blindness for millions of people. What if there was a way to stop the negative cascade from happening and preserve vision? Thanks […]

Diabetes, Dementia, Vision and Artificial Intelligence

Diabetes, even when managed properly, comes with its share of challenges, such as vision problems and possibly dementia. Yes, you read correctly, dementia. Of course, research is looking into ways to detect both via the eyes. Dementia It has been shown that people with diabetes are more likely to develop dementia. Scientists at the Joslin […]

Good for One, Bad for Another

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is a protein that our bodies produce to promote the growth of new blood vessels. This is a good thing since more blood vessels mean more oxygen goes to the tissues. The lungs have VEGF because blood flow is so important. Of course, what’s good for one organ isn’t good […]

On/Off Switches Part One

Isn’t electricity great? You flip a switch and an appliance turns on or off. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to do something similar for our bodies, in particular our eyes. That way when an injury or disease comes along, something in the cellular level could be turned on or off and […]

Novel Ways to Treat Diabetic Edema

Having diabetes is never a good thing. A person has to monitor blood glucose, take medication, and watch what he or she eats. Diabetes can also wreak havoc with vision. One condition that a diabetic has to be on the lookout for is diabetic edema. Diabetic edema is a result of complications of diabetic retinopathy. […]

Omega-3 Supplements—Are They Beneficial For Your Eyes?

Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fats that are found in cold water fishes, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts, like walnuts and flaxseed. These fats help prevent cardiovascular disease and may help keep eyes healthy. Yet, there is a limit to their benefits. A study sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggested that […]

Diabetes Management for Good Vision and Good Health

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that by 2050, one in three Americans will have diabetes. One thing that diabetic patients need to do is monitor their glucose levels (AKA blood sugar). Being vigilant about glucose levels isn’t easy and can have a person with diabetes wondering if all the trouble is worth it. Well, […]

Anti-VEGFs Produce Good Outcomes

The number of people who will become visually impaired in the U.S. is expected to be 8 million. In addition to that, another 16 million will have difficulty seeing due to refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. In 2015, 3.2 million Americans had vision […]