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A Study of serum magnesium levels in patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy

Author : D. Santha Rao

Magnesium homeostasis has been hypothesized to be a link between insulin resistance type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and CAD. Type 2 diabetes has become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality world over. This study was under taken to evaluate the relationship between serum magnesium and diabetic patients without and with diabetic retinopathy. We found significantly low levels of serum magnesium in diabetic patients without retinopathy when compared to controls. Further significantly low levels of serum magnesium were found in patients with diabetic retinopathy when compared with diabetic patients without retinopathy. Hence it is concluded that the lower levels of serum magnesium may have a bearing on the complication and morbidity in patients of DM, and estimation of serum levels of Sr.magnesium may be helpful to monitor the severity of diabetic retinopathy in diabetic patients.


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