Prevalence of Diabetic Eye Conditions in MESA
Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of visual impairment in working-aged adults affect
one in three participants with diabetes. African and Hispanic Americans were more likely to have
diabetic retinopathy than white and Chinese Americans. We have identified several modifiable risk
factors of diabetic retinopathy, including higher blood sugar levels and abdominal obesity.
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