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Treating Gum Disease May Lessen The Burden Of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Other Conditions

In the folk song “Dem Bones,” every bone is connected to the next one in line. Here’s an interesting wrinkle on that idea: The gum bone, or at least problems with it, are connected to all sorts of health problems. Gum disease—which begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film known as plaque builds up around your teeth—is closely linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. Now, a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that treating gum disease (also called periodontal disease) can lead to better health — as evidenced by lower health care costs and fewer hospitalizations — among people with common health conditions. The study looked at health and dental insurance records from nearly 339,000 people, all of whom had periodontal disease and one of five conditions: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease (usually a stroke), rheumatoid arthritis, or pregnancy. Researchers found that people with four of the five conditions (all except rheumatoid arthritis) who had at least one periodontal disease treatment had lower medical costs and fewer hospitalizations within four Continue reading >>

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  1. steverocks83

    Home A1c testing kit

    Happy Friday!
    So I received this home A1C testing kit (from Amazon, $40 for 2 tests) I did two tests early this morning 1 hour apart to check the consistency of the results. I got 5.8 followed by 5.3! That’s a big difference! I am pretty sure I followed the exact instruction each time.
    In terms of accuracy, my last test on June was 5.7 which was taken after 6 weeks of Furhman diet. This time around, I am into 6 weeks of LCHF, so the higher number of the two seems more reasonable (assuming carb consumption was more or less similar)
    On the other hand, I have been tracking my latest intraday BG pretty closely for about a month while on LCHF. My daily number includes FBG, pre-, post 30, 60, 120 min meal numbers of 3 meals, and right before sleep. The average of this numbers for a month is around 105 which should be closer to the lower of the two numbers.
    I am not sure which one more closely reflects the reality. Although I am satisfied with either number as positive validation of my new LCHF life style, I am very disappointed at the precision of this device!

  2. Seagal

    I think I would have taken them at least a week apart

  3. furball64801

    I have had two a1c done within weeks at two different labs. One was good the one at the VA not so good. I guess nothing in life is perfect but at least your on the right path.

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