February 2009

 

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Significant Increase in Vision-Robbing Diseases Expected by 2050


 

 

The number of people with diabetes-related retinal disease, glaucoma and cataracts is expected to increase significantly by 2050, according to a recent issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, Science Daily reported.

The estimate is based on projected increases in the prevalence of diabetes. Jinan B. Saaddine, M.D., M.P.H., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues gathered published data from the 2004 National Health Interview Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau and estimated the number, age, sex and race/ethnicity of Americans with diabetes that will have diabetic retinopathy, vision threatening diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts in the year 2050, the report said.

Based on the data gathered and the projected increase in diabetes prevalence, the authors estimate that from 2005 to 2050 diabetic retinopathy cases will increase from 5.5 million to 16 million; vision threatening diabetic retinopathy cases will increase from 1.2 million to 3.4 million; increases in diabetic retinopathy and vision threatening diabetic retinopathy among Americans age 65 or older will be more prominent (rising from 2.5 million to 9.9 million for diabetic retinopathy and from 0.5 million to 1.9 million for vision threatening diabetic retinopathy); cataract cases among whites and blacks age 40 or older with diabetes will likely rise 235%; cataract cases among people with diabetes age 75 or older will increase 637% for black women and 677% for black men; and glaucoma cases among Hispanics age 65 or older with diabetes will increase 12-fold, the report said.

According to Science Daily, the study authors’ projections show higher numbers than previously estimated for diabetic retinopathy, vision threatening diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma among Americans with diabetes. The authors concluded that efforts to prevent diabetes and to best manage diabetes and its complications are needed, the report said.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081208180331.htm

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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