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Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Points to Remember Diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma. All forms of diabetic eye disease have the potential to cause severe vision loss and blindness. Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. DME is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the area of the retina called the macula. Controlling diabetes—by taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet—can prevent or delay vision loss. Because diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with several therapies, used alon Continue reading >>

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  1. Uncle Lew

    Is It Fever Or Hypoglcemia - And What To Do

    When I get sick I find I have one big problem. My fever goes on and off. When it comes on I don't know if I have a fever from the cold or if I am going hypoglycemic. So I have to do additional tests besides the six I do daily. Thank God I sandbag the insurance companies and have the extra strips I need. The extra tests (besides the 6 tests I do daily) have my fingers begging for mercy. The fever isn’t very high (about 99°F while my normal temp is around 97.5°F) but is noticeable and doesn’t last long. The frequency of the ons and offs really bother me (and my poor fingers). It is upsetting not know if I am feverish or hypoglycemic and sometimes even scary until I test. My MDs say just grin and bare it and ride it out. Easily said when you’re not diabetic.
    Does anyone else have this problem and if so, how do you handle it. All suggestions [besides shooting myself ;) ] are welcomed.

  2. LauraS

    I had the same thing happening to me when I was newly diagnosed about a year ago. My regular MD said that bacteria likes the sugar in our blood and I could just have been fighting off infections. I too have a low "normal" temp and a temp of 99 makes me feel sick. It went on for months and then all the sudden went away. I was not experiencing hypoglicemia so maybe my levels were just working themselves out.

  3. Uncle Lew

    My colds usually go on for months too unless they develop into something more serious. The last time I had a cold like this I became hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

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