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How will improving blood glucose levels affect diabetic eye disease?

Although improving your blood glucose control may temporarily make your eye disease worse, over the long term, it will help. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) monitored patients with mild diabetic eye disease for years. This study showed that the diabetic eye disease of patients with good blood glucose control progressed much more slowly than the eye disease of similar patients with poor blood glucose control. This is a major reason to strive for excellent blood glucose control, particularly if you have mild to moderate complications of diabetes. Another long-term study called the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) focused on people with type 2 diabetes and found the same beneficial effects of good blood glucose control.

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