New Research Finds Relation Between Type 2 Diabetes And Gum Disease

A new study published in the journal Diabetes Care, shows the relation between the type 2 diabetes and gum disease. The study, though does not establish the gum disease as the direct reason behind type 2 diabetes, but it shows the relation between the two. It can be added that this is the first study of its kind.

To describe, the study proves that the men and women with gum disease had twice the risk of diabetes as those with healthy gums, while substantial tooth loss was linked to a 70 percent higher risk. The researchers have studied nearly 9,300 U.S. adults for nearly 17 years. It finds that those who began the study with gum disease were more likely to develop diabetes later on. The relationship between diabetes and gum disease is well-known, but it has traditionally been assumed that gum disease is solely a consequence of diabetes. The findings are in line with research suggesting that gum disease is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The researchers are trying to find out the relation between gum disease and heart disease and stroke.

In a press briefing, the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Ryan T. Demmer, of Columbia University in New York, says:

“The pertinent finding was our observation that periodontal disease can precede the onset of overt type 2 diabetes.”

He added, however, that more studies are needed both to prove that gum disease directly contributes to type 2 diabetes, and, from there, treating the dental problem can prevent diabetes.

Source: Reuters

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2 Responses to “New Research Finds Relation Between Type 2 Diabetes And Gum Disease”

  1. Dr Yasmin Akrum Says:

    As a periondontist, I could not agree more. Diabetes and gum disease have one thing in common - both are chronic disease. Sadly taking care of the gum is the last thing a normal person will do ;(.

    Dr Yasmin Akrum []

  2. ceejay2005 Says:

    Brush Your Teeth Properly
    It takes 2 minutes to brush all your tooth surfaces, yet most people spend 30 seconds or less brushing. As a result, they miss the same spots day after day, allowing plaque bacteria to thrive.

    Use a Toothpaste Which Fights Gum Disease

    Avoid Certain Drugs
    Tobacco contains nicotine which is a potent constrictor of blood vessels, including those in the mouth. Inadequate blood flow through the gums makes them susceptible to gum disease. Nicotine patches and nicotine gum should be used for as brief a period as possible. Certain illegal drugs are potent blood vessel constrictors, too.

    Long term use of certain prescription drugs can cause dry mouth, which can make you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. []

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