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ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW COMPLICATION OF DIABETES HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Some complications of diabetes are well known: eye and kidney problems, increased risk of heart attack and stroke among them.  Now a new study says hearing loss should be added to list.  Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says the idea makes sense and may also contribute to the development of depression.

GOLDEN:  I think the issue is people with more severe diabetes may have disabling complications from diabetes.  But certainly you can imagine if people have end stage renal disease and need dialysis, or they have severe retinopathy that causes visual impairment, and perhaps if as in this recent study they have hearing loss, all of those things may affect their daily life and that could certainly lead to depression.    :22

Golden says everyone with diabetes needs to be carefully assessed for the development of complications, and that careful management of blood sugar remains the best strategy to avoid developing most of them.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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