July 09, 2013

Gum Disease Can Raise Blood Sugar Level

It has been long understood that people with diabetes have more gum disease that those without diabetes.
The Journal of Peridontology now reports the latest research into whether gum disease could affect the development of diabetes itself.  The found that people with gum disease:
  • have higher long-term blood sugar levels 
  • might be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • may be at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • have a harder time controlling their type 2 diabetes
  • are at higher risk for eye and kidney disease, as well as heart attack and stroke, if they have diabetes
Scientists think that germs from infected gums enter the bloodstream during chewing and brushing, which in turn elevates blood sugar level.

The take home lesson is to keep your gums as healthy as possible whether or nor you have diabetes.

Source:  JADA, vol. 144 no. 7 p.  860

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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