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Effect of Gum Disease on Insulin Problems

effect of gum disease on insulin problemsMost people will not realize that their oral health has a big impact on their overall health. This is especially the case when someone is diabetic. Research has shown that gum disease, a condition that can occur due to poor oral health, can be associated with insulin resistance. This is a hallmark of diabetes.

According to researchers at Columbia University, exposing yourself to this bacteria through poor oral health can cause you to develop diabetes because it causes a resistance to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that occurs naturally and manages your blood sugar. When people become insulin resistant, the body will no longer respond in the way it is supposed to. This leads to high blood sugar which will increase the risk of diabetes. What was found in this study is that the more severe gum disease becomes, the higher the risk of diabetes. For those who are already at risk of diabetes, this could be devastating.

Our North Hollywood dentist has a number of suggestions that can help patients avoid gum disease and, in turn, avoid developing diabetes due to oral health. First of all, it is important that you brush and floss every day. You also might want to consider using a mouth wash that is formulated to prevent gum disease. It is also important to avoid things like tobacco use and certain foods. Also, remember to schedule an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year. It is also important, if you already have signs of diabetes or issues with your blood sugar, that you see your primary care doctor in conjunction with regular dental appointments.

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