Gum disease-diabetes link

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A study in The Cochrane Library led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh has pointed out a yet another reason for those with Type 2 diabetes to regularly see their dentist. Their study suggests that the treatment of serious gum (periodontal) disease in diabetics with Type 2 diabetes may lower their blood sugar levels. Current thinking is that, when bacteria infect the mouth and cause inflammation, the resulting chemical changes reduce the effectiveness of insulin produced in the body, thus making it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. Good blood sugar control contributes to lowering the risk of serious complications linked to the condition, such as eye problems and heart disease. It’s a good reason to take good care of your teeth! (Adapted from Science Daily)

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