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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 73-77

Systemic Factors Affecting Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialties Centre, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Brijendra Kumar Srivastava
Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, No. 6, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai - 600 086, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jod.jod_35_17

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Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the world. Apart from local pathophysiological changes happening at the level of retina, various systemic factors also play a role in pathogenesis and progression of DR. In this article, we will discuss systemic factors affecting DR such as hyperglycaemia, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, nephropathy, pregnancy, anaemia and cardiovascular disease, with their association to progression of DR.

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