Smartphone device detects diabetic retinopathy

More than 7 million people in the United States are affected by diabetic retinopathy. Currently, patients must rely on a traditional eye exam performed by an eye specialist using an ophthalmoscope. Researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have created a smartphone-based device that examines the retina and can be used by primary care […]

Lipid found in eye may help prevent diabetic retinopathy

Lipids have a bad reputation when it comes to heart disease and high cholesterol, but there is one lipid found in the eye that can actually help prevent diabetic retinopathy. This good lipid is produced by an enzyme known as ELOVL4. Recent study results concerning this enzyme and the lipids were published in the journal […]

New device approved by FDA to detect diabetic retinopathy

A new medical device that uses artificial intelligence to detect diabetic retinopathy in adults has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new device will provide adults with an early diagnostic tool. The software program is known as IDx-DR and it uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to analyze images of the […]

3 Ways exercise saves you money

Do you have diabetes? High cholesterol? High blood pressure? If looking good or living longer isn’t enough of a motivator for you to get off the couch, how about this one: Exercise saves you money! How? Fewer doctor visits Less medication Fewer home devices and disposables (blood pressure cuff, finger stick glucose measurement) Less gas traveling […]

Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]

FDA approves glucose monitoring system

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System to be sold in the United States. The Libre is manufactured by Abbott and is currently only available overseas. The system allows patients to view blood sugar every minute of the day without pricking a finger. The device will be available […]

Eye disease screening recommendations

Adults who have no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 according to recommendations by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age 40 is the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes might begin to occur. The baseline screening will allow the ophthalmologist […]

Diabetics more likely to skip eye exams

Despite having a higher risk of developing serious eye diseases that could potentially rob them of their vision, nearly 60 percent of diabetics do not have yearly eye exams. Diabetics are at a greater risk of losing their vision to diabetic retinopathy and the disease can lead to additional blinding eye problems if not caught early and […]

Diabetes risk doubled with 2 sweet drinks daily

Regardless of whether you consume two or more 200 – milliliter servings of sugar sweetened drinks or artificially sweetened drinks on a daily basis, a recent study found that your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is almost doubled.  If your intake is more than 5 200 – milliliter servings a day then you have […]

Testing blood sugar with a contact lens

For diabetics who must endure blood testing to check their glucose levels, a pain-free method may soon be available in the form of a contact lens. Researchers at the University of Houston published results of a study in the journal Advanced Materials. Armed with the knowledge that glucose is present in blood as well as […]