Calif. Researchers Find Native American Ancestry Could Increase Risk of Eye Disease for Latinos With Diabetes
Researchers at the University of Southern California Eye Institute have published a study that found an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy -- the top cause of blindness in the U.S. -- among Latinos diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who have Native American ancestry. Specifically, the study found Latinos who are more than 50% Native American had an 87% increased risk of having diabetic retinopathy.
- "Native Americans Ancestry May Pose Significant Eye Disease Risk for Latinos With Diabetes" (Kritz, HealthyCal, 8/25).