Journal article

The metabolic syndrome and retinal microvascular signs in a Japanese population: the Funagata study

R Kawasaki, JM Tielsch, JJ Wang, TY Wong, P Mitchell, Y Tano, M Tominaga, T Oizumi, M Daimon, T Kato, S Kawata, T Kayama, H Yamashita

BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

AIMS: To determine the relationship of metabolic syndrome and its components with retinopathy and other retinal microvascular signs in a Japanese population. METHODS: The Funagata study recruited 1961 (53.3% of eligible) Japanese aged 35 or older. The metabolic syndrome was diagnosed primarily using definitions of the International Diabetes Federation. Retinopathy and retinal microvascular signs were assessed from fundus photographs. Retinal arteriolar and venular diameters were measured using a computer-assisted programme. RESULTS: Data were available for analysis in 1638 persons for retinopathy and retinal microvascular signs and 921 persons for retinal vessel diameters. Various components..

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