Periodontal Disease Causes Diabetes

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Diabetes And Oral Health

People who have diabetes know the disease can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth? People with diabetes are at special risk for periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to painful chewing difficulties and even tooth loss. Dry mouth, often a symptom of undetected diabetes, can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Smoking makes these problems worse. What can I do? Good blood glucose control is key to controlling and preventing mouth problems. People with poor blood glucose control get gum disease more often and more severely than people whose diabetes is well controlled. Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and good blood glucose control are the best defense against the oral complications of diabetes. Health Information For patients Diabetes: Dental Tips This fact sheet describes warning signals of oral health problems as well as practical information for preventing the periodontal complications of diabetes. Prevent Diabetes Problems--Keep Your Mouth Healthy This easy-to-re Continue reading >>

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  1. tony10138

    I was diagnosed with slow onset type 1 diabetes in february of this year. Since I started insulin i have gained nearly 4 stone in weight. Doctors advised that Insulin would probably do this. I Some time like to pick on food during meals, which i know doesnt help my weight gain. So I decided to try a healthier option, eat things that were not going to raise my sugar levels or put too much weight on me. I heard about Pumpkin seeds and the beneficial properties, and now in between meals i will have some pupkin seeds. To my amazement i have seen quite a difference once i have eaten them, i do not need as much insulin.
    I am still in the early days of this so i will update as soon as i get a better idea the results.

  2. m14moe

    Hello and welcome to DD Tony, When i stopped smoking 2 1/2yrs ago i was advised to eat pumpkin seeds and they did help. Take care Moe

  3. rocksoldier

    hi tony and welcome to dd! pumpkin seed,huh? well-as long as you realize they won;t CURE your diabetes....take care,trish

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