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Psychosomatics. 1997 Mar-Apr;38(2):98-108.

The association of lifetime psychiatric illness and increased retinopathy in patients with type I diabetes mellitus.

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Mental Health Department, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Forty-nine patients with Type I diabetes mellitus were assessed to examine the relationship between lifetime prevalence of psychiatric illness and retinopathy severity. The subjects with a history of psychiatric illness had significantly worse retinopathy than the subjects without psychiatric illness. Eighty-nine percent of the subjects with severe nonproliferative retinopathy or proliferative retinopathy had a history of psychiatric illness, predominantly affective illness. In addition, the subjects with a history of psychiatric illness had significantly higher current glycohemoglobin levels than those with no psychiatric history. This study's findings suggest that psychiatric illness may be a risk factor for development of retinopathy in Type I diabetic patients.

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