Periodontal Disease Causes Diabetes

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Coast Dental Blog How Diabetes Can Affect Your Teeth And Gums

Diabetes affects almost 26 million Americans, which is more than 8 percent of the U.S. population. The condition often requires them to make lifestyle changes, including what they eat, how they exercise and the medications they take. It also requires them to change the way they take care of their teeth and gums. About one-third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal disease which is causing the gum tissue and bone around the teeth to break down, according to the National Institutes of Health. People with poorly-controlled diabetes had a 2.9 times increased risk of developing periodontitis than non-diabetics, according to a large study published in 2002. The same study found people with well-controlled diabetes had no significant increase in the risk of periodontitis. There are several reasons why poorly-controlled diabetes can increase your chance of getting periodontal disease, said Dr. Dale Nash, a dentist at Coast Dental Wesley Chapel. In the past decade, Dr. Nash has seen an increase in the number of patients with diabetes. "People with diabetes are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection," Dr. Nash said. "Diabetics have high blood sugar, which basically coat Continue reading >>

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  1. lipsie

    Ideas for snack foods/munchies

    I am shopping later this early week and need to get into this habbit so would like some ideas on snacks that I can eat, I don't eat with teeth mind you, just gums, lol BUT they are strong. Any suggestions?

  2. Nick1962

    Peanut butter. With a spoon. Right from the jar (but you've got to be real careful - it's addicting). Hard boiled eggs, egg salad, tuna salad. Oddly, even pork rinds have no carbs but up to 17g. protein if you can get past the sodium and fats.

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    If I so much as touch a piece of fruit, my numbers go whacky for days on end.

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