Avoiding Eye Complications of Diabetes

  By Jennifer K. Sun, MD and Ka Hei Karen Lau, MS, RD, LDN, CDE Having poorly controlled blood sugar for a long time may cause complications related to diabetes. Eye complications are the most common preventable complication in patients with diabetes. Changes in the eyes from diabetes usually affect the retina, the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye and contains the light sensing cells which transit visual signals back to the brain. These changes, also called “diabetic retinopathy,” are the result of chronically high blood sugar levels that damage the blood vessels of the … Continue reading

Caution urged on new population survey detailing Asian American obesity rate

Dr. George King, chief scientific officer at Joslin Diabetes Center. (Image courtesy of Joslin Diabetes Center.)

The Centers for Disease Control recently released the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey with additional data briefs on hypertension, cholesterol and obesity among adults in the U.S. by age, gender, race and ethnicity. This detailed national survey of health characteristics, for the first time, includes important health status and information on Asian Americans. Continue reading