Vitamin D (2015) & Diabetic Retinopathy

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The researchers sought to find out whether vitamin D plays any part in the development of diabetic retinopathy, or diabetic eye disease in type II diabetics.

Diabetic patients in groups of 139 with diabetic retinopathy and 144 patients without the condition were evaluated. The researchers found that deficient levels of vitamin D and D3 were tied to incidence of diabetic retinopathy. Further, they found that patients with more severe diabetic eye disease were the most deficient in those D vitamins.

Researchers: N. Alcubierre, J. Valls, E. Rubinat, G. Cao, A. Esquerda, A. Traveset, M. Granado-Casas, C. Jurjo, and D. Mauricio.

Published: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with the Presence and Severity of Diabetic Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Journal of Diabetes Research. May, 2015