BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Roughly 1 in 5 people across Louisiana have diabetes.

And in some severe cases, that illness can sometimes lead to blindness.

“It’s kind of amazing, that just having an elevated glucose in your blood can lead to bad outcomes,” said Dr. Jacob Wood, family physician at Baton Rouge General.

Most people already know, that some diabetics have to test their blood sugar levels several times a day, usually by pricking their finger.

But blindness can also be associated with the disease.

“Diabetes can lead to blindness. That’s one of the major things that we’re trying to prevent by treating diabetes, is to prevent damage to the eyes that lead to blindness,” said Dr. Wood.

“Diabetes can lead to blindness. That’s one of the major things that we’re trying to prevent by treating diabetes, is to prevent damage to the eyes that lead to blindness,” said Dr. Wood.

“Because the blood vessel growth that…

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