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Diabetic retinopathy increases stroke risk in diabetes

Patients with diabetes who have diabetic retinopathy have a higher risk of stroke than patients with diabetes but not diabetic retinopathy, according to a study presented at the International Stroke Conference. The findings, based on 2,828 patients with diabetes, showed that 41% of those who had stroke during a mean follow-up of 5.4 years had diabetic retinopathy, while 30.5% of those who didn't have stroke had diabetic retinopathy.

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