The association of lifetime psychiatric illness and increased retinopathy in patients with type I diabetes mellitus

S. Tziporah Cohen, Garry Welch, Alan M. Jacobson, Mary De Groot, Jacqueline Samson

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Abstract

Forty-nine patients with Type I diabetes mellitus were assessed to examine the relationship between lifetime prevalence of psychiatric illness and retinopathy severity. The subjects with a history of psychiatric illness had significantly worse retinopathy than the subjects without psychiatric illness. Eighty-nine percent of the subjects with severe nonproliferative retinopathy or proliferative retinopathy had a history of psychiatric illness, predominantly affective illness. In addition, the subjects with a history of psychiatric illness had significantly higher current glycohemoglobin levels than those with no psychiatric history. This study's findings suggest that psychiatric illness may be a risk factor for development of retinopathy in Type I diabetic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-108
Number of pages11
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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