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ANyone any idea on the stats on the percentage of sufferers that eventually go blind?

Even a ballpark figure.

Like - are we talking 5% ?

Or are we talking something like 0.01% ?

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Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness.

Don't be part of the statistic... take control of your BGs and avoid all complications.

No promises, but then any of us could get run down by a bus tomorrow.

Diabetic retinopathy - MayoClinic.com

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Any statistics you find will most likely include many people who did not/could not take care of themselves for whatever reason.
I read that 60% of diabetics will have some form of retinopathy after 15 years . . . but that doesn't mean they will go blind. With regular doctor's visits and attention to symptoms, a very small percentage will truly go blind.

I've always joked that if I ever go blind, at least I might get to have my dog go everywhere with me.

Can you tell us why you want a percentage?

Oh . . . I have never considered myself a "sufferer"!!
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why do i want a percentage?

SO as i can have an indication as to the likelihood of it happening to me in the future.

Good point though that any stats will reflect most teh people that did not take proper care of themselves.

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I like the way you look at it...
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How long have you been diabetic?
I have been diabetic for almost 41 years and so far, no sign of any eye complications. I am aiming to keep it that way. I have my eyes checked every year by an ophthalmologist, so if anything crops up it can be dealt with quickly. So far so good! :)
Sorry, I have just read a previous post where you say you were only diagnosed recently. It is a lot to take in and so fear of complications is understandable. The key is to learn as much as you can and to take good care of yourself. Ask questions here (the people here love questions and love to help others) and of your doctor. Knowledge is power! Good luck qwertyuiop (love the name :)) - stick around - lots of information and opinions available.

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Some of us are taking quite active measures to prevent further complications. Low A1C, dietary changes, high Omega 3 suppliments, low caffeine, BP control, etc. I just had my two month checkup yesterday and have zero signs of trouble. That's four in a row! I see him again in two months.

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why do i want a percentage?

SO as i can have an indication as to the likelihood of it happening to me in the future.

Good point though that any stats will reflect most teh people that did not take proper care of themselves.


I wish I could tell you not to worry, but I used to worry about it myself. A few years ago, the signs of retinopathy started showing in my eyes. Fortunately, with continuing better control, I have healthier eyes than I did 10 years ago.

The truth is though, that stuff happens . . . even some of those doing everything right may still suffer some consequences of diabetes, including eye trouble. I'm still sticking with eye trouble NOT being equal to blindness. Treatment these days can allow people to never go blind. Macular degeneration nearly blinded my grandpa, but he didn't have diabetes (and retinopathy is what most diabetics worry about).

Welcome to DF Qwertyuiop. I love the name -- reminds me of my first typing class!
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why do i want a percentage?

SO as i can have an indication as to the likelihood of it happening to me in the future.

Good point though that any stats will reflect most teh people that did not take proper care of themselves.


You seem to be looking for solid answers where none exist!

I am 47 my highest bg (I've caught) has been 218. My highest A1C has been 6.3! Nothing really absolutely out of control here. Yet I have contracted glaucoma and cataracts.

I don't think there is a magic number where you can be safe. I've learned one thing from working in the prrivate sector, that is numbers and percentages can be twisted to reflect whatever the boss wants them to say.

BTW....I was diagnosed with prediabetes in the spring of 2004. I've since graduated to T2.
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Some of us are taking quite active measures to prevent further complications. Low A1C, dietary changes, high Omega 3 suppliments, low caffeine, BP control, etc. I just had my two month checkup yesterday and have zero signs of trouble. That's four in a row! I see him again in two months.


Why do you go every 2 months? Isn't that quite frequent? Absolutely no disrespect meant in that question. I take plaquinil for hives and I go every 6 months to make sure there's no effects or toxicity from this med and no complications from diabetes. I've just never heard of going every 2 months. Have you had any complications that you're keeping an eye on (no pun intended) - I'm talking about before the four in a row.
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I have been Type 1 for 63 years and my eyes are fine, no diabetic complications there. Take good care of yourself and don't run a lot of high blood sugar, keep your A1c low (ideally below 6.0) and you may never develop diabetes complications. Good luck to you!

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ANyone any idea on the stats on the percentage of sufferers that eventually go blind?

Even a ballpark figure.

Like - are we talking 5% ?

Or are we talking something like 0.01% ?


I don't know about blindness, but something like 10 - 50% of diabetics wind up having laser treatment of retinopathy after something like 10 to 30 years of diabetes. The UKPDS (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study) showed that better a1c led to much less retinopathy - like about 1/3 less for every 1 point drop in the a1c. The DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial - a US trial in Type 1 diabetes) showed the same thing for type 1 diabetes in the mid 1980s.

So keep that a1c low!!

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Retinopathy first showed up at 24 for me. Then it disappeared for a few years and then showed again at 29. Three years later it is stable and I haven't had any lazer surgery. My dad went blind from retinopathy and glaucoma when he was 32. For years I was pertrified. Now, I realize as long as I take care of myself the best I can I CAN control what happens to my eyes. Better yet, they might even begin to heal themselves after years of tight control.

Did you know they put an almost dead diabetic kidney in a non diabetic person and in three years it had all of it's function back?

We can HEAL ourselves but we have to believe that we can and be very aggressive about doing so. I'm still working on a lot of changes but I do believe my eyes and kidneys will heal!

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anecdotal:
I've had glasses for 10 years. Nearsighted. Blurry vision was something that got me to the doctor.
I was diagnosed with t2 one week ago yesterday. After five days of watching/balancing carbs and taking metformin, I see better without my glasses - the prescription is too strong. After 10 years. So, I don't know. That doesn't answer your question or anything but it seems like my vision is correcting itself now that I'm taking care of things. And that's without yet achieving fantastic BG control. I'm almost always under 200, but a couple time over, and haven't yet seen a number under 100. Take it for what it's worth...




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