Monday, March 19, 2007

Periodontal disease connected with diabetes

Periodontal Diseases May Aggravate Pre-diabetic Characteristics ScienceDaily 3/19/07 "They found that having periodontal disease can cause someone to develop pre-diabetic characteristics, and probably disturb the glucose regulation of a non-diabetic who has pre-diabetic characteristics, contributing to the progression of Type 2 diabetes. The study, conducted with rat models known to exhibit pre-diabetes characteristics, is believed to be the first to evaluate the relationship between periodontitis and pre-diabetes..."This study found that having periodontal diseases can alter the metabolic conditions which would probably lead to the progression to pre-diabetic characteristics and Type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Carla Pontes Andersen, Department of Periodontology at the University of Copenhagen. ...These findings underscore the importance of taking good care of your teeth and gums: it may be a simple way to prevent diabetes, or to prevent the progression of diabetes." ... "

Now what is the mechanism between the health of teeth and gums and how our overall metabolism works? No specifics on this in the article - I'll update post later if I can find them.

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