Encouraging annual dilated eye exams for people with diabetes – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. About 40 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy, a common and debilitating complication of diabetes. During November, which is National Diabetes Month, health experts emphasize the importance of eye exams.
Huang: It's good to catch things early.
Narrator: Dr. Suber Huang is the chair of the National Eye Health Education Program’s Diabetic Eye Disease Subcommittee.
Huang: In addition to having dilated eye exams every year, people should take their medicines, reach and maintain a healthy weight, add physical activity to their daily routine, control their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and they need to quit the smoking habit.
Narrator: For more information about diabetic retinopathy, visit www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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