More Links Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

Saturday, January 5th, 2013, 7:21 pm

More scientific evidence linking type 2 diabetes with a greater risk of gum disease has been published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. This is one of the largest investigations of the link using data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study(an ongoing study of 51,529 male U.S. health professionals).Fight the link between diabetes and gum disease with help from Wilbanks Smile Center.

The research showed that men with type 2 diabetes had a 39% increased chance of having gum disease and a 22% increased risk of tooth loss compared to those without diabetes.Among men with a low intake of fruits and vegetables, having diabetes was associated with a 49% greater risk of gum disease. Men who at lots of fruits and vegetables seemed to protect themselves against the increased risk of gum disease.

The researchers noted “These results hold important public health implications due to the associations between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease and nutritional alterations associated with tooth loss.” They added “Greater collaboration between diabetes care providers and dentists could be used to identify at-risk patients in both clinical settings.”

More and more diabetic patients are beginning to understand the importance of good oral health and treatment of their disease. This study also appears to show that a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables could offer some protection against gum disease. Most of us don’t get enough nutrition through these natural sources.

Even if you aren’t diabetic, eating lots of fruits and vegetables is just flat-out good for you. Add some to every meal – berries or bananas with breakfast, add a salad to your lunch, add just one more veggie to your dinner plate! Green leafy vegetables and those with bright colors offer the most nutritional boost.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment – this is especially important for our diabetic patients. Call today!

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