What’s the connection between eating disorders and diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease resulting from diabetes. A recent British study pointed to a link between these retinal anomalies and eating disorders.
Diet a central cause of diabetic retinopathy
A meta-analysis carried out by British researchers and bringing together seven studies, recently demonstrated the impact of diet on diabetic retinopathy.
Conducted on a total of 1,162 patients, it proved that diabetic patients who presented with eating disorders were three times more at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy than the others.
According to Mike Trott, one of the researchers who directed the studies, “the most likely explanation for this observation is poor control of blood sugar levels due to inconsistent food intake, or patients deliberately not taking their insulin.”
How can these disorders be addressed?
The authors of the study advise doctors caring for diabetic patients to carefully monitor any high-risk dietary habits in order to reduce the possibility of them developing diabetic retinopathy.
It should be noted, however, that while a correlation was identified concerning anorexia and bulimia, the major eating disorders, this wasn’t true for uncontrolled overeating.