By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
University of Georgia researchers have pinpointed why hypertension or high blood pressure and diabetes create a perfect scenario for eye damage. In their study, the researchers discovered high blood pressure quickly leads to cell death in diabetic animals.
High blood pressure and diabetes a double whammy for eye health
Within 10 weeks, blood vessels that nourish the optic nerve begin to decay. The finding is important and shows why people with type 2 diabetes need to control blood sugar levels, be regularly screened for eye disease take prescribed medications and follow lifestyle recommendations for keeping blood pressure in check.