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Diabetic Macular EdemaRisk Factors

8 Risk Factors for Diabetic Macular Edema

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Bud Helisson

Human optic disc, retina and blood vessels
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Close up of woman hands using lancet on finger to check blood sugar level by Glucose mete
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Risk: High Blood Sugar


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Risk: Hypertension


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Risk: Low Blood Protein Levels


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DeMorris Byrd

Risk: Smoking


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Mateus Campos Felipe

Risk: Pregnancy


African American man wearing glasses
Urban Sanden

Risk: Ethnicity


water balloons in bucket
Aaron Burden

Risk: Fluid Retention


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Risk: Anemia


Benedict Cosgrove

Benedict Cosgrove

Benedict Cosgrove has been a writer and editor since the mid-1990s, working on sites ranging from Wired's Netizen to the National Magazine Award-winning LIFE.com. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, Daily Beast, CNN.com, and others; edited Covering the Bases and Gluttony (both from Chronicle Books); and is the author of Nothing Bad Ever Happens.

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