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Michigan has many persistent public health problems today. For example, our state ranks fifth in the nation in obesity, ties for fifth highest rates of diabetes, and is ninth in the nation for deaths caused by cardiovascular disease.

The EDWM Health Ministry strives to bring a sense of hope to people who are at risk of becoming unwell in body, mind and spirit. This section summarizes our Health Ministry program.

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Diabetic Eye Disease is November's Health Topic

About one in three people with Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2, have vision problems. One condition with eye complications is Diabetic Retinopathy (DR).  DR is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. DR is caused by damage of blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina), an important light-sensitive area needed for vision. Tiny blood vessels supplying the retina get blocked by too much sugar in the blood over time.  New blood vessels develop but these can leak easily.

There are 2 types of Diabetic Retinopathy.  DR progresses through stages and usually affects both eyes. Someone who has had diabetes for a while with less controlled blood sugar is more at risk. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, pregnancy, and tobacco use, along with diabetes also increase your risk of DR. At first, there may be no symptoms or only mild vision problems.

Work towards improving our breathing environment:

Blue Arrow LeftSpots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaties)
Blue Arrow Left Vision that is blurred, fluctuating, or has impaired color
Blue Arrow Left Dark or empty areas in your vision
Blue Arrow Left Vision loss

To help prevent Diabetic Retinopathy:

  • Blue Arrow LeftMaintain good control of blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels 
  • Blue Arrow LeftSee eye doctor at least yearly for early detection (even if vision seems fine) and treatment

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National Eye Institute
Prevent Blindness America
Mayo Clinic
Centers for Disease Control

  • Do you have a question about a health topic? Contact Health Ministry volunteer Eva Jerome by clicking here now.

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