Retinopathy risk higher with early-onset type 2 diabetes

Such patients need good surveillance and aggressive management of risk, researchers say

Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their youth or early adulthood have more than double the risk of retinopathy than those diagnosed in old age, an Australian study has found.

Diabetic retinopathy

The findings highlight the need for improved surveillance and management of people with young-onset diabetes, the University of Sydney-led researchers say.

Using data from 3300 patients from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Diabetes Centre, who were diagnosed with the condition between the ages of 15 and 70, the team assessed whether