Obesity and Diabetes are Causing Sight Loss in Younger Adults

Posted 01/30/2013 | By HealthCorps

A new study reveals that uncorrectable eye disease has spiked 21% in about 6 years, with now 1.7% of the population in the U.S. suffering with this condition.

The rates of impaired vision, has doubled among lower socioeconomic individuals, and in patients who have a ten year or longer diagnosis of diabetes.  Researchers say that the type of vision loss being diagnosed in younger patients is more typical of the senior population.  Unfortunately the study noted that the biggest jump of impaired vision was among individuals ages 20-39.

Researchers are especially concerned with the prevalence of obesity among kids and teens, which they believe is fueling diabetes and also independently, this rise in visual impairment that is not correctable.

Currently about 27 million Americans have diabetes and 80 million have pre-diabetes.  Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the tiny vessels of the retina ultimately causing diabetic retinopathy.

Among pediatricians, the discussion of preventing or arresting obesity in the pediatric community is of paramount concern.  By the time kids become teens, obesity can already become entrenched.  Programs like HealthCorps aim to reduce the rates of obesity among teens.

 

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