Joslin Medalists....Important Discovery In Eye Study

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-10-29 00:06:27 -0500
Started 2010-10-27 17:51:08 -0500

"Many long-term survivors with diabetes show little or no progression of retinopathy after a certain point, and this resistance apparently has nothing to do with glycemic control, a researcher said here.

A new study of 'Medalists' — a cohort of diabetics who have lived for 50 years or more with the disease, assembled by the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston — indicated that about half did not have proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and those individuals almost never showed any worsening of eye disease after the first 17 years."

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Crashnot 2010-10-27 18:52:32 -0500 Report

Wow, that's certainly encouraging news! When I was about 8, I used to walk home from the bus each afternoon and stare up at the sun lighting up the leaves above me, trying to remember how they glowed for when I went blind, as was expected to happen. It hasn't, thank God, and it's nice to read that at this point I'm probably safe for the "forseeable" future.