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. DBCooper

    Do you inject insulin in the Morning or last thing at Night?

    Do I have been told I can either take long acting insulin in the morning or at night so long as I take it at roughly the same time.
    I was wondering if I should take it in the morning as bs is lower then? And it's the start of the day?
    Is it best todo this?what do you do? I can't imagine taking it at night but does it help with sleep and does it keep your levels rock stable over a 24 hour time period?
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  2. Uff Da

    I take my Lantus at 6 PM, right after dinner. The main reason I chose that time is because I'm virtually always home at that hour and not sleeping. Otherwise, as a retiree, I sleep at different hours in the morning, depending upon how bad a night I had previously. It also means that if it turned out that Lantus didn't last a full 24 hours for me, I'd be bolusing for dinner just an hour or hour and a half before the Lantus, so could easily do a small correction with my dinner bolus to fill in the gap.
    Since starting on Lantus almost four years ago, I've learned of a third reason to take it then, or at least to avoid "bedtime." Three different individuals on these boards have posted that they had one or more episodes where Lantus acted like fast-acting and they went hypo and in one case unconscious quickly. I surmise that this was caused by accidentally injecting into muscle rather than fat. I'm careful to inject into fat, but just in case of such an accident, I wouldn't want it to happen at bedtime, as I might not survive.
    I think there is one additional advantage of taking it in the evening as opposed to morning. I have DP. If I don't get up and bolus for breakfast about 4 AM, my BG typically rises about 40-50 points between the hours 3 or 4 AM and about 10 or 11. If it turned out the Lantus didn't last a full 24 hours, it would be least effective right during the DP hours when I needed it most. As I understand it, Lantus takes a couple hours after injection to start working.

  3. jwags

    Long acting insulin is supposed to be a 24 hour insulin. But many find it doesn't last 24 hours. So many will split their long acting insulin into 2 shots, 12 hours apart. Your dose will depend on your bgs. You may find you need more at night and less in the morning. Lots of bg testing will help you determine what your bg pattern is. There are 2 books anyone on insulin needs to read.
    Using Insulin by John Walsh
    Think like a pancreas by Gary Schneider

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