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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by rkeane, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. rkeane

    rkeane · Active Member

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    Just been for my yearly check-up with the eye specialist. It went well but he showed me a small dot on the image of my eye where I have a small blood vessell. He told me it's nothing to worry about and that it happens to all diabetics. It's uncontrollable. To be honest I felt fairly miserable after the appointment. I am a very well controlled diabetic and feel like there is just nothing I can do tokeep myself healthy anymore. Any advice? Andis it true that these vessells are uncontrollable?
  2. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    It has been found that TIGHT Bg control at non-diabetic levels( around5 at all times) can reverse retinopathy or at least prevent it progressing. I had it already at diagnosis and in 6 years it hasn't progressed and may be improving ( I've only been a tightly controllled for about 3 years. I used to believe THEM)
  3. kegstore

    kegstore · Well-Known Member

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    "Uncontrollable" is far too much of a generalisation, and doesn't really tell you anything. It doesn't HAVE to be a slippery slope to the inevitable, despite what your eye specialist thinks. Blood pressure is a very significant factor in maintaining microvascular condition, and is often overlooked. My retinas look like a warzone with all the laser I've had, but they are finally stable after a very scary few years. I have no loss of vision whatsoever, and was receiving a very different prognosis just 5 years ago. Prove them wrong!
  4. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with "iritus" in one eye (which just happens to be my "good" eye - the other one is very short sighted).

    Is this a common illness with diabetics?

    Ironically it was a flare up of my iritus which prompted the visit to A&E yesterday, whereby they took urine and blood and told me I probably now have type 2 diabetes.

    I've also had stones removed from both kidneys a couple of years ago too. From the little I've read so far on diabetes I've discovered that T2 can go unspotted for months or even years; so is my iritus and kidney stone problems a direct result of my T2 or just coincidence???
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