Prime News, International, Health, London, July 13:- Diabetes patients who are also suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea may be at greater risk of developing a common form of eye disease leading to blindness, researchers found.
Diabetic retinopathy — the most common form of eye disease — affects between 40 and 50 per cent of patients with diabetes. The findings showed that the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was higher in patients with sleep apnoea (42.9 per cent) compared to those without sleep apnoea (24.1 per cent) — that causes snoring and interrupting breathing. Further, it was also more common in patients with both Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea compared to those with only high blood sugar levels alone. “Despite improvements in glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, diabetic retinopathy remains very common,” said Abd Tahrani from the University of Birmingham. Importantly, patients with sleep apnoea and Type 2 diabetes may also be at an increased risk of developing advanced diabetic retinopathy over a period of three years and seven months.