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Thursday, August 24, 2006

ACB Diabetics in Action

By Carla Ruschival

If you are diabetic, and if you have been experiencing "floaters" or other problems with your vision, you may be one of millions of people with diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. With approximately 18.2 million diabetics in the U.S., and with that number growing every year, it is likely that there will continue to be a large number of new cases of diabetic retinopathy.

There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, as is true with all complications of diabetes, careful attention to diet and prescribed treatments is essential to controlling the problem.

ACB Diabetics in Action is a resource for diabetics with vision loss. The purpose of this new organization is to inform diabetics of equipment they can use, to work for increased availability of speech and large print technology for diabetics who can no longer read standard print and display screens, and to work with doctors and other professionals in the field.

Membership in ACB Diabetics in Action is open to diabetics, their friends and relatives, and to professionals.

For more information, contact:

Jeff Bishop
1633 West Maplewood Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85746
Email: Dee Clayton, President

To join an email list for blind and visually-impaired diabetics, send a blank email to:

acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org

You will receive a message asking you to confirm that you wish to join the list; just hit reply and you will be subscribed to the list.

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