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Invited Commentary
March 2016

Obesity and Diabetic Retinopathy: New Perspectives

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(3):258. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.5178

It is widely accepted that obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.1,2 However, in contrast to the precise association of obesity with diabetes mellitus, the association between obesity and diabetic retinopathy (DR) has been inconsistent. Earlier studies suggested that higher body mass index (BMI) increases DR risk, while other studies reported no association or even an inverse association.3-5