Retinopathy less severe in recent years

Among the 305 participants studied between 2007 and 2011, 18% had vision-threatening levels of retinopathy, compared with 43% of the 583 participants studied between 1980 and 1996.

Mean HbA1c levels were lower in the current era and patients were far more likely to take either three or more insulin injections a day or use a pump (93.4% compared with 21.3%).

Updated projections should be used when informing newly diagnosed individuals of prognosis, the authors concluded.

Diabetes Care, online November 2012