This is a discussion on What percentage of diabetes sufferers go blind? within the Type 2 Diabetes forums, part of the Diabetes category; ANyone any idea on the stats on the percentage of sufferers that eventually go blind? Even a ballpark figure. Like ...
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% ?
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"!!
Type 1 since 1979
Diagnosed at age 18
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 like the way you look at it...
Your dog can go anywhere with you!!
5.9 on 4/29/11 (off meds 4 months meds- after gastric bypass)
6.1 on 9/27/09
5.6 on 4/12/09
5.9 on 12/14/08
5.3 on 10/7/08
6.3 on 6/1/08
9/27/09: Triglyc:214 , HDL 42, LDL 74
4/12/09riglyc: 111, HDL: 46, LDL: 94,
4/29/11 Tri:89, HDL 46, LDL 57
Exercise= Recumbent exercise bike, stair climbing, walking my dogs
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.
Last edited by Coppernob; 03-10-2009 at 04:49 PM. Reason: to add a comment
Diagnosis: April 9, 1968
Pump (508): September 2001
522 + Sensor: February 18, 2008
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.
Michelle Oberg "yep....stop trying to make vegetables taste like meat.....you made your choice, now live with it hippies"
Back on MDI and doing well. A1C 6.3, no major hypos; a few highs; lots of shots. Diagnosed Oct 19th, 1975.
HDL-101; LDL-64; TG-36; TOT-172
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!
Type 1 since 1979
Diagnosed at age 18
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.
A1C - 6.9
Meter - Freestyle Lite
125 mcg Synthroid
100 mg Januvia
Latanoprost Eye Drop
Simvastatin 10 mg
Lantus SoloSTAR 10 units
T1 Latest A1C is: 5.4
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!
Type 1 for 68 years, A1c = 6.1, pump with MM 523 Revel, I have good health.
You never know how Strong you are until being strong is the ONLY choice you have!
So keep that a1c low!!
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!
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...