Strong Association Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetic Retinopathy Indicated

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#25thAACE–A trio of authors today reported their analysis of observational studies
revealed a significant association between vitamin D deficiency (VDD)
and diabetic retinopathy (DR), one of the leading causes of blindness
throughout the world.

Dr. Sikarin Upala, Dr. Jason Zhang and Dr. Anawin Sanguankeo analyzed
data from 13 studies involving more than 9,000 participants to arrive at
their conclusion, which was presented as an abstract at the American
Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 25th Annual
Scientific & Clinical Congress.

“Although the role of vitamin D in the pathogenesis of diabetic
retinopathy has been, and remains, an area of debate, our meta-analysis
of current evidence shows a statistically significant connection between
VDD and DR and suggest people with low vitamin D levels should be
screened for diabetic retinopathy,” said Dr. Sanguankeo.

The study authors further suggested that vitamin D supplementation as a
mechanism against the development of progression of DR, particularly in
older female patients, warrants further investigation.

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