glargine Insulin Does Not Cause More Diabetic Retinopathy

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glargine Insulin Does Not Cause More Diabetic Retinopathy

A five year prospective study reveals that insulin glargine is as safe as NPH insulin with regard to developing diabetic retinopathy. Patients placed on insulin glargine are no more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than Type II diabetics on NPH insulin.

The study also found that the severity of the diabetic retinopathy was similar in the two groups.

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Randall V. Wong, M.D.
Ophthalmologist, Retina Specialist


  1. dodge says:

    Randy a question on this topic for you. I have heard of antecedal evidence that those on a insulin pump are more likely to suffer from retinopathy than those without. Has this been your experience?

    • Dodge,

      This is a good question. I really don’t know the answer. Very few of my patients are actually on the insulin pump. I don’t know if this means anything. I haven’t heard anything about its effects on diabetic retinopathy.



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