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
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
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