Journal article

Body mass index and retinopathy in Asian populations with diabetes mellitus

David Rooney, Weng Kit Lye, Gavin Tan, Ecosse L Lamoureux, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Ching-Yu Cheng, Neelam Kumari, Ying Feng Zheng, Paul Mitchell, Jie Jin Wang, Tien Y Wong, Charumathi Sabanayagam

ACTA DIABETOLOGICA | SPRINGER-VERLAG ITALIA SRL | Published : 2015

Abstract

Body mass index (BMI) is an established risk factor for diabetes. However, the association between BMI and diabetic retinopathy (DR) has been inconclusive. We aimed to assess the association between BMI and DR in a large population-based sample of multi-ethnic Asian adults in Singapore. We examined 2,278 adults aged ≥40 years with diabetes who participated in three population-based studies conducted from 2004 to 2011: the Singapore Malay Eye Study, the Singapore Indian Eye Study, and the Singapore Chinese Eye Study. Retinal photographs taken from both eyes were graded for any and vision-threatening (VTDR) using the modified Airlie House Classification. BMI (kg/m(2)) was categorized into norm..

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Grants

Awarded by Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)


Awarded by National Medical Research Council (NMRC), Singapore


Awarded by Singapore Ministry of Health's National Medical Research Council under its Talent Development Scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

Authors acknowledge the staff and participants of the SiMES, SINDI, and SCES Study for their important contributions. This study was funded by Biomedical Research Council (BMRC), 08/1/35/19/550 and National Medical Research Council (NMRC), STaR/0003/2008, Singapore and Singapore Ministry of Health's National Medical Research Council under its Talent Development Scheme R927/36/2012 (CS).