A 45-year-old member asked:
Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?
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Ophthalmology 23 years experience
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Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Maybe?: The sugar level varies throughout the day, so what is slightly high? If you're asking can borderline diabetics develop dr, certainly, but it may take a lot longer than for someone who does have diabetes.
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Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Diabetic retinopathy: The course of diabetic retinopathy (dr) varies from person to person and is dependent on how long they have their diabetes and how well controlled it is. How do you know you are not diabetic? Is your hb a 1c normal, or elevated? Dr is dependent on two things, glucose and hbp control. Looking at the figure, you can see that BP control reduces dr better than glucose control. Speak to your physician.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Typically no.: If you are sure you do not have diabetes, you should not develop diabetic retinopathy. However, it is a good idea to have an ophthalmologist give you a baseline eye exam to ensure that the eye is indeed healthy.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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