Drinking Worsens Visual Acuity in Diabetes

A study shows that moderate drinking can worsen visual acuity in diabetes, but not diabetic retinopathy:

"Alcohol consumption by individuals with type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk for deterioration of visual acuity but not diabetic retinopathy, according to a study in the October issue of Diabetic Medicine.

Chee-Tin C. Lee, of the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, U.K., and colleagues analyzed a cohort of 1,239 older (aged 55 to 81 years) persons with type 2 diabetes who had participated in a sub-study of the Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron MR Controlled Evaluation (ADVANCE) trial. The researchers analyzed the association of self-reported wine, spirits, and beer consumption with the incidence of diabetic retinopathy and deterioration of visual acuity."

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