Connecting the Diabetes Dots
How important is a joint-up approach to caring for patients with diabetes and diabetic eye disease? We ask a diabetologist, an ophthalmologist, and their patient
Ralph Abraham | | Longer Read
Diabetes has its own unique way of presenting itself to patients – or not presenting itself, as is often the case with this silent disease. Unlike so many other illnesses, where a patient suffers a symptom and seeks help from a doctor – diabetes often does not give the patient any such clues. Think about it: macular exudates, occluded coronary arteries, severe proteinuria, even neuropathic ulcers – more often than not, they do not “announce” themselves to the patient in the typical way. And so, the medical approach has been to identify early signs of complications and then provide treatment that reduces the risk of progression of serious organ damage, which not only shortens life, but also reduces the quality of life.
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