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My sister says she has diabetic retinopathy. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Duration and control
The longer you have diabetes, usually more than 10 years and worse the sugar control is, the higher the risk.
If you and other family members are diabetic, then you are at risk. Diabetic retinopathy results in leakage and bleeding from retinal blood vessels from years of high blood sugars. Without proper treatment, this can lead to visual impairment

In brief: Duration and control
The longer you have diabetes, usually more than 10 years and worse the sugar control is, the higher the risk.
If you and other family members are diabetic, then you are at risk. Diabetic retinopathy results in leakage and bleeding from retinal blood vessels from years of high blood sugars. Without proper treatment, this can lead to visual impairment
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Alvin Fried
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and no
Whether or not one gets diabetic retinopathy is related to how well the diabetes is controlled.
The presence of diabetic retinopathy in any other family members would be related to how well their diabetes is controlled.

In brief: Yes and no
Whether or not one gets diabetic retinopathy is related to how well the diabetes is controlled.
The presence of diabetic retinopathy in any other family members would be related to how well their diabetes is controlled.
Dr. Alvin Fried
Dr. Alvin Fried
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology
In brief: Diabetic retinopathy
Family tendenciesare the gifts that keep on giving.
Make sure that you get your blood evaluated and get checked on a regular basis. Early detection and treatment can prevent long term problems.

In brief: Diabetic retinopathy
Family tendenciesare the gifts that keep on giving.
Make sure that you get your blood evaluated and get checked on a regular basis. Early detection and treatment can prevent long term problems.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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