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Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

runnerI was recently reading about the connection between diabetes and
gum disease.

The body has many inflammatory response mechanisms and when these
are turned on – it can create many problems.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Gum disease and diabetes both invoke an inflammatory response.
Inflammatory responses are meant to be utilized for short term
situations such as the trauma of fall or some impact to the body.
They have their place for accelerating the healing of one time

When a situation is long term, the inflammatory response can
cause problems and contribute to chronic disease like gum disease
and diabetes.

Insulin resistance can increase due to the inflammatory response.
Insulin receptors disappear off the cell wall creating the need
for even more insulin in order for the body to utilize sugar

Gum disease invokes such an inflammatory response. Ironically,
the chronic inflammatory response also makes gum disease worse.

It is a sad state for the body to be in. There is one thing that
I think most doctors and dentists will agree on – clearing up gum
disease is only going to help and won’t hurt conditions like
diabetes and chronic arthritis.

As researchers continue to notice the connection between gum
disease and heart disease – you will also find more and more
dentists and doctors agreeing that getting rid of gum disease is
all the more important.

Yet, to this date – too many people suffer from gum disease.

The lowest estimate I’ve ever seen is 40% of the population,.

The highest – 80%. And when over age 65 – perhaps as many as
95% of people are suffering from some form of gum disease.

Isn’t it high time that you do something about gum disease? If
so many people have it – they must not realize it. Because if
people realized that out of 10 people as many as half or possibly
more suffer from gum disease – they would want to know if they
have it.

Do you know if you or someone you love has it? Do you know for
sure? So many people think they don’t have gum disease but they
really do. This is not a problem of aging. You can be ANY age –
even small children can have gum disease.

I want to dispel the myth that gum disease is only something that
happens when you get older. NOT IN THE LEAST BIT TRUE.

You only recognize that you have gum disease when the damage
accumulated over time starts to show up visibly in your mouth.

It didn’t happen over night.

Learn everything you can about gum disease.

Some people say all disease starts in the mouth – that is not
true either.

But one thing is for sure, according to research, gum disease
appears to be related to a number of other problems such as:
diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, CVA (cerebral vascular
accident – a.k.a. stroke), short term, low birth weight babies,
lung infections, tongue cancer – what next?

As time goes by more possible connections will be discovered.

– Stay healthy and well – and take care of the health of your
mouth – it does appear to be very important in overall health!

David Snape Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease ISBN:


* This site is for information purposes only. If you have or think
you might have gum disease or any other health related problem,
Visit your periodontist or doctor immediately for advice, diagnosis
and treatment

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