Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Anyone who has diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. Risk of developing the eye condition can increase as a result of:
March 20, 2015
- Duration of diabetes — the longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy
- Poor control of your blood sugar level
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Tobacco use
- Being black, Hispanic or Native American
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