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Study: Gastric bypass may reduce diabetic retinopathy risk

Patients with type 2 diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had a lower risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, compared with those who did not have the procedure, according to an observational study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. There may be a risk that patients with existing diabetic retinopathy could see their condition worsen because of rapid metabolic changes after bariatric surgery, researchers said.

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