How Can A Diabetic Prevent Blindness?

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Prevent Blindness Caused By Diabetic Eye Disease

By Dr. Chad McDonald, Newburyport.Com Correspondent Optometrist and Partner in Watts Eye Associates, Dr. Chad McDonald is an expert in the eye care field with over 18 years of experience with Watts Eye Associates. Dr. McDonald, a graduate of University of New England and New England College of Optometry, completed his residency with Boston Medical Center and Mass Eye & Ear and furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disable at the Lighthouse Center in NYC. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport’s first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. He is also a member of the Mass Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and still finds time to serve on the board and be a past president of the Newburyport Lions club serving as chair of the much loved Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week. Watts Eye Associates Did you know that diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults? Did you also know that often times there are no symptoms until the di Continue reading >>

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  1. nettyunicorn

    Dizziness not sure if connected to diabetes or not!

    Hello everyone, i have just been dx'd with diabetes and persume its type 2 as im over weight. I am yet to see anyone about the results, i do this on tues. Ive had fatigue(but have other issues that include this in their symptom buckets) thirst, very frequent urination(which upon testing showed high sugar content) and of cause the blood test!
    I have been told over the phone to watch my sugar intake until i see the diabetes nurse which i have been doing, but i have developed this dizziness that is very weird. If i lie down, sit or stand up its like im on a merry-go-round. It only last a few seconds but i left with nausea and a slight headache. Oh it also happens if i bend over. I have no idea if it is the diabetes or something else!
    Any suggestions will be most appreciated!
    Thank You

  2. User2013

    Welcome, it could be any number of things, blood pressure, vertigo, inner ear infection, etc. I'm not going to say is it not diabetic related however it would not come on just from bending over or only last a few seconds. Are you on BP meds or have high blood pressure or even low for that matter?
    What they should have told you is to limit your carb intake not just sugar. Carbs can raise blood sugar and right now I am sure you need to limit your carbs and portion sizes and the type of carbs.
    Just so you know, thin folks get type2 diabetes also, it just doesn't happen to folks that are overweight.

  3. furball64801

    What Dusty stated is true my mom and aunt are very thin and type 2. When you feel dizzy test your blood sugar, if you have no meter you will not be able to tell if your bs is high or low or if its diabetic related but I agree with Dusty limit your carb intake until you can get your tests done, extreme thirst and urination is one big sign of high bs.

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