Gum disease 'linked with diabetes'

Posted on 29 September 2011

Gum disease is linked to diabetes, which is suffered by many paying for care, although neither condition causes the other, a professor has highlighted.

Jimmy Steele, professor of Oral Health at Newcastle University, said that if someone has diabetes, their chance of also having periodontal disease is also increased.

Furthermore, he points out that new evidence shows that treating gum disease can significantly improve control in type 2 diabetes.

He added that the association between gum disease and stroke and cardiovascular disease are not as well established, although there is a statistical association and increased risk.

"It is difficult to know for sure whether this is really cause and effect or whether it is just that the things that are bad for gum disease are also bad for stroke," said Mr Steele.

"In the end the message is the same – looking after your teeth can have knock on benefits for your health."

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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