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Diabetic Eye Disease Month
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Diabetic Eye Disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may encounter as a complication of the disease. All problems can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. Diabetic eye disease may include:
- Diabetic retinopathy: damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
- Cataract: clouding of the eye's lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
- Glaucoma: increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.
People who keep their blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels closer to normal are less likely to have retinopathy or will have milder forms. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you keep your blood glucose levels normal by:
- Providing detailed information about how to eat.
- Giving practical tips to address daily challenges.
- Developing a daily meal plan that considers the individual's food preferences and tastes, level of physical activity and lifestyle.
- Setting nutrition goals to improve the individual’s overall health.
To find out if your health insurance plan covers nutrition services for prediabetes and diabetes, along with access to qualified practitioners such as registered dietitian nutritionists, call the member services number located on the back of your insurance card.
For more information on the prevention and management of diabetes, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Diabetes section.