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Lens analysis predicts diabetes risk

New research has highlighted that measuring the level of autofluorescence in the eye could predict who will develop type 2 diabetes

19 Sep 2019 by Selina Powell

A new study has shown that specialist lens analysis could be used to assess an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Barcelona, Spain (16–20 September).

Dr Mitra Tavakoli, from the University of Exeter, presented a study showing that measuring autofluorescence of the lens can predict who will develop pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in the future.

A new biomicroscope focuses a beam of blue light onto the lens and measures the autofluorescence in the reflected green light.

This is linked to the level of advanced glycation end-products (AGE).

Dr Tavakoli shared: “The results of this preliminary study showed the lens autofluorescence is significantly greater in patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. The level of AGE products were correlated with the levels of blood sugar.”

Image credit: Pixabay/TesaPhotography

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