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Treating Type-2 Diabetes – There’s No One Right Way!

August 14, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

One of the biggest contributing factors for the onset of type-2 diabetes is your lifestyle, but genetics may also determine if you are more susceptible to the disease. Therefore treatment that may work for someone else may not be the right one for you. Successful management of type-2 diabetes involves targeting both glucose […]

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Different screening options for diabetic retinopathy

August 7, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Now that you’ve used the Retina Risk app to assess your risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), there are several different methods of eye screening to consider. Depending on your location, different or limited screening options may be accessible to you. Always speak to a healthcare professional about your options and which one is right […]

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United Nation´s Sustainable Development Goals and Retina Risk

July 31, 2019 - Ray Snider

No country is safe from the challenge of diabetes which disables people during their working age, limiting earning potential, reducing life expectancy and impoverishing families. In turn this diminishes countries’ productivity and hinders economic growth. Providing diabetes care drains healthcare spending and can disrupt entire health systems. For this reason, control of diabetes is […]

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Lions Clubs Germany (SN111) and Retina Risk – A Pretty Perfect Partnership

July 23, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Starting a Partnership Last autumn, Retina Risk’s co-founder, Dr. Einar Stefansson, encountered Dr. Sibylle Scholtz, the founding president of the Lions Club in Frauenalb-Nordschwarzwald, Germany and member of Lions District Cabinet 111SN, at an ophthalmology conference in Vienna, Austria. Hearing about Retina Risk, Dr. Scholtz immediately recognised how the risk calculator can empower […]

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Retina Risk and The Diabetes Center join forces

July 17, 2019 - Ray Snider and Silla Jónsdóttir

Last week, Retina Risk and The Diabetes Centre in Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining joint efforts to eradicate preventable vision-loss and blindness due to diabetes in Pakistan. The Diabetes Centre is a not-for-profit organization formed to serve all patients regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status or geographic location, with the aim […]

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Lions Club Cooperation with Retina Risk Accelerates

July 9, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

The spiraling prevalence of diabetes worldwide means that millions more people are developing complications such as diabetic retinopathy. Health practitioners and people with diabetes need to be aware of this exploding problem and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of visual impairment. Blindness from diabetic retinopathy is largely avoidable […]

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The Icelandic Endocrine Society endorses Retina Risk

July 5, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Retina Risk has received an official recognition and endorsement from The Icelandic Endocrine Society. The endorsement reflects the extensive research that has gone into designing the Retina Risk solution and the value Endocrinologists see in the application for their patients. The app contributes greatly to empowering people living with diabetes around the world and […]

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Hvað er að koma í uppfærðu Retina Risk appinu?

July 3, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Uppfærslan fyrir  Retina Risk appið mun koma út fljótlega og við vildum leyfa þér kíkja á þá þær viðbætur sem fylgja með. Við viljum þakka ykkur öllum fyrir góðar athugasemdir sem við tökum með í hönnun forritsins svo að það geti verið eins góður stuðningur og hægt er fyrir þig í þinni daglegu sykursýkisstjórn. […]

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A sneak peek at our upcoming update

July 3, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarson

The updated Retina Risk app will be out soon and we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the features and improvements that will be included. We want to thank you all for great feedback which we relentlessly incorporated into the design of the app so it may be of better service […]

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We are the highest rated diabetes app on ORCHA

July 2, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

We are very proud that our app is the highest rated app for Diabetes care on ORCHA, the independent reviewer for the NHS in the UK and other health organisations abroad in Europe. Read the review here: https://appfinder.orcha.co.uk/review/192909/ And read more about the review process itself here: https://www.orcha.co.uk/our-solution/the-orcha-review/

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Type 2 diabetes and trending diets

July 1, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Good nutrition is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. As obesity is one of the leading factors of type 2 diabetes, focused diet changes aim to help with weight management and a balanced diet. There are no two diets that will work the same for helping patients with type 2 […]

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Lions Clubs donate two OCT cameras

June 27, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Reykjavik, June 27, 2019. The Lions Club of Iceland have donated two OCT eye scanning cameras to the University Hospital of Iceland and the Service Center for the Visually Impaired in Reykjavík. These state-of-the-art cameras can detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy, supporting the predictive tool in the Retina Risk App. The […]

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Tackling Eye Care Barriers: Some Sight-Saving Ideas

June 25, 2019 - Ray Snider

Here a few things every diabetes patient should know[1]: Diabetes will eventually affect the blood vessels in your eyes. This is called diabetic retinopathy (DR), and it can lead to visual impairment and blindness. By controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure, you can reduce the damage diabetes can cause in your eyes. However, […]

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Our collaboration with Lions Clubs in Germany is evolving

June 24, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Last week, Dr Sibylle Scholtz, our German representative and collaborator, presented the Retina Risk app to the Lions Club of Karlsruhe, Germany. This presentation is part of our continued engagement with Lions Clubs around the world, who serve to improve quality of life for those living with diabetes and to prevent avoidable blindness – […]

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Get to Know your Ophthalmologist

June 18, 2019 - Ray Snider

As the thousands of global users of the Retina Risk app know well, systematic eye screening and preventive treatment dramatically reduce diabetic blindness. This has been shown to be true in Iceland, where over the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic drop in vision loss due to diabetes to the point that […]

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Why Retinal Screening Matters

June 11, 2019 - Ray Snider

Why Retinal Screening Matters (This is the first of three short pieces dealing with retinal screening, which can mitigate the risk of diabetic retinopathy)   Retinal screening is a key aspect of diabetes patient care. However, non-attendance at eye clinics has been recognized as an independent risk factor for poor outcomes from diabetic […]

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Retina Risk at Startup Iceland

June 4, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

This post is written by Silla Jónsdóttir, CEO of Retina Risk This week, I attended Startup Iceland in Reykjavik’s beautiful ‘Harpa’ conference center. This is a great event that has been held annually for eight years now. Founded by RETINA RISK Board Chairman, Bala Kamallakharan, Startup Iceland serves as the springboard and […]

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Privacy by Design

May 28, 2019 - Kristinn Gylfason

This blog post is written by our privacy expert and lawyer, Kristinn Gylfason at Dattaca Labs, Iceland The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is probably the most talked-about legislation in tech and marketing over the past several years. This is in part because it affects business, in many important ways. When companies start, […]

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Hitchhiker´s Guide to Diabetes Management – part II

May 13, 2019 - Bala Kamallakharan

I recently wrote about my initial experiments with diabetes management in an earlier blog post. If you missed it, you can find it here. This is part II of that blog post. Here the most important message that I wanted to share is the following: Type 2 diabetes can be reversed without any medication as […]

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Hitchhiker´s Guide to Diabetes Management

April 10, 2019 - Bala Kamallakharan

My name is Bala Kamallakharan and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I don’t have any symptoms of diabetes anymore, actually I am in the best shape of my life. It was not always the case. It has been a long road, almost a 14 year journey when I was tagged a Pre-diabetic in the […]

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Seeing Things Differently

April 8, 2019 - Ray Snider

Meet Gede. He is 28, lives in Bandung, Java, Indonesia, and has Type 2 diabetes. Gede lost his sight from Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) or diabetic blindness, which could have been avoided. Like other young men and women with diabetes, he did not think he was at risk and didn’t routinely undertake diabetic eye screenings. His sight […]

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