Why High Blood Pressure & Diabetes Harm the Eyes

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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.

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