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Why Aspirin May Aid in Diabetic Blindness

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A new study strongly suggests aspirin may help diabetics reduce their risk of blindness.

The most common complication from diabetes is a form of eye damage called retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in the United States for people ages 20 to 74. It results in 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness every year.

Medical scientists at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston recently confirmed microscopic blood clots cause retinopathy by clogging tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye and starving cells in the retina.

In particular, the investigators discovered diabetic patients had four times as many of these clots as patients without diabetes.

The researchers suggest daily doses of aspirin may help prevent clots in these blood vessels in retinopathy's early stages.

If aspirin bothers your stomach or you cannot take it for other reasons, you may wish to consider Billberry extract. Bilberry assists the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye, in adjusting quickly to both darkness and light and is a common treatment for retinopathy. Bilberry may also assist in lowering your cholesterol levels.

Source: Scientists reported this finding in the Journal Diabetes.

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