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What Are The Four Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy?

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What Are The Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy?

What are the stages of diabetic retinopathy? Mild nonproliferative retinopathy: At this earliest stage, microaneurysms occur. They are small areas of balloonlike swelling in the retina's tiny blood vessels. Moderate nonproliferative retinopathy: As the disease progresses, some blood vessels that nourish the retina are blocked. Severe nonproliferative retinopathy: Many more blood vessels are blocked, depriving several areas of the retina of their blood supply. These areas of the retina send signals to the body to grow new blood vessels for nourishment. Proliferative retinopathy: At this advanced stage, the signals sent by the retina for nourishment trigger the growth of new blood vessels. This condition is called proliferative retinopathy. These new blood vessels are abnormal and fragile. They grow along the retina and along the surface of the clear, vitreous gel that fills the inside of the eye. By themselves, these blood vessels do not cause symptoms or vision loss. However, they have thin, fragile walls. If they leak blood, severe vision loss and even blindness can result. This answer is based on source information from National Eye Institute. Continue reading >>

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  1. HenryisBlaisin'

    So, my old guy was just diagnosed with diabetes. Does anyone else have a diabetic kitty?
    So far, I've gotten the diabetic prescription diet for him and hoping he will eat it! He's generally not picky, though, so I don't see a problem; he'll get his first feeding of it tonight.
    And what kinds of insulin do you use? My vet says there's only one kind that is currently recommended for cats, but it costs $110 for a 10 ML vial. I can't afford that. I'm basically unemployed, and my freelancing isn't paying the bills right now. As it is, the RX food was half my grocery budget for this week and it's only a 5 lb bag. Don't get me wrong, I can eat Ramen and mac and cheese and that's fine, better than my cats or my horse going without, but I'm really hoping there's another type of insulin out there that I can afford to get him; I know the possibility of the food alone working to help him is slim to none.
    Is there anything else you have tried and found to be helpful, especially while we work to get him regulated and happy? He has a great appetite and is very active, acting totally normal; he's just so skinny from the diabetes. I'm glad we know what it is now, but not sure where to go next.

  2. Simkie

    We just talked about some of this right here

  3. HenryisBlaisin'

    Thanks for the link. Maybe it's because I'm tired and stressed out right now, but I don't understand most of the studies etc. in the other thread. Anyone care to put it in plain English?
    Or anyone have any experiences to share? How long did it take to get your cats regulated? How often do you have to test their sugar levels once they are stabilized? Any info that anyone can provide would be so appreciated.
    I feel so low right now. I let my baby down and I don't even feel like I deserve to live.

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