November is recognized at National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the 14th of November is National Diabetes Awareness Day. There are few illnesses that take a toll on the body the way diabetes does. From the inner working of vital organs to extremities like toes and fingers, everything can be impacted. To help bring about awareness, we’re sharing some information about diabetes. Continue reading What You Should Know About Diabetes & Eye Health
Diabetes is a continually growing problem affecting more and more Americans. The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) Report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the rate of Americans aged 40 years and older with vision issues associated with diabetes will triple from 2005 to 2050. With this increase, eye care professionals run a higher risk of encountering patients who knowingly or unknowingly have diabetes and may suffer from eye health issues as a result.
Optometry Times (OT) posted an article that urges eye care professionals not to be misled by seemingly insignificant signs of visual issues in patients with diabetes. It could be more serious than it looks at first glance. Continue reading Do More for Your Patients with Diabetes
As one of the leading causes of death in the US, diabetes is a terrifying subject. It’s a life-long health issue that requires a multitude of health care professionals to be involved, including eye care professionals. Ideally, we would keep everyone from developing diabetes, but identifying it early and intervening is key in warding off any ill effects. Continue reading Prediabetes: What Does This Mean for ODs?
Diabetes is one of the most common, chronic health issues in the world, affecting nearly 30.5 million Americans. It’s also one of the leading causes of vision impairment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone with diabetes loses visual function every 15 minutes. Continue reading The Optometrist’s Role in the Diabetes Care Team
Nutrition seems to be an ever-changing industry. As more research is conducted, more and more nutrients and their benefits are being discovered. One such nutrient that has been gaining popularity over the last few years is alpha lipoic acid (ALA). From metabolic support to brain health, ALA can impact several aspects of health and everyday life. Continue reading Alpha Lipoic Acid: Benefits & Side Effects
Blood glucose control is becoming a growing concern among many Americans. In fact, nearly 30.5 million people have issues with blood glucose, and even worse, one in four don’t know. Optometrists (ODs) can help with this statistic, though. Almost a quarter of patients who know they have trouble controlling their blood glucose levels were told so by an OD. Eye exams can help identify those patients at risk for or currently with blood glucose control issues, and ODs, primary care physicians (PCPs), and ophthalmologists (MDs) need to work cohesively to effectively manage these patients. Continue reading Co-Managing Patients with Blood Glucose Control Issues
The Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study
The Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study (DiVFuSS) was a 6-month randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial to test the effects of a novel, multicomponent nutritional supplement on visual function. Participants included patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and early stages of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). Continue reading Paul Chous Explains the Importance of the DiVFuSS Study
Although there has been a consistent push for healthier lifestyles throughout the country, the rate of diabetes has been increasing year after year. While most can manage this chronic problem, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, taking more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. It’s also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure, and stroke. Other common health issues include heart disease, dental disease, and nerve damage. Continue reading What to Know About Diabetic Eye Health