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February 9, 2007
Retinopathy in Diabetics Increases Risk of Death
Researchers at the University of Kuopio in Finland have found that Type 2 diabetic who develop retinopathy have an increased risk of death.
In women, proliferative retinopathy was associated with a 2.9-fold increased risk of death from all causes. In women, this type of retinopathy was also associated with a 3-fold increased risk of cardiovascular death and a nearly 5-fold increased risk of coronary heart disease death ... In men, proliferative retinopathy was significantly associated with death, increasing the risks of all-cause, cardiovascular, and coronary heart disease mortality by 3.05-, 3.32-, and 2.54-fold, respectively.