Periodontal Disease And Diabetes Mellitus A Two-way Relationship

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Diabetes And Periodontitis: A Two Way Relationship

Piero Policicchio* CEO, Air Force Inc. Holland, MI, USA. Visit for more related articles at Research & Reviews: Journal of Dental Sciences Abstract Periodontitis is a destructive inflammatory disease of the supporting tissues of the teeth and is caused by specific microorganisms or group of specific microorganisms resulting in progressive destruction of periodontal ligament and alveolar bone with periodontal pocket formation, gingival recession or both. The link between periodontal disease and systemic diseases has been progressively recognized over the past two decades. Currently there is a large amount of data in epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies that strongly correlate the role of periodontal pathogens on systemic organs by producing pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines and inflammatory mediators. Although the relationship between periodontal disease, inflammation and overall health has been suspected, numerous studies are providing more comprehensive evidence for this link. In this context, diabetes predisposes oral tissues to greater periodontal destruction but several studies have now identified that periodontal disease leads to poor glycemic control. It was Continue reading >>

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  1. makeitsomeday

    Hey there,
    my gyno ordered HA1C, and it was 6.0. Although it is borderline, but she said it is of no real concern right now. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes, but should I be concerned? I posted this in another forum. Hoping to get some answers soon. Thanks

  2. Mazarin

    They tell me mine was good at 7.8 and I am a type 2 but I am not convinced...
    I have been very lazy with my diabetes, so finally made an appointment this week to see the practice nurse and then perhaps get my HA1C done, has not been done since December.
    I would say 6.0 was good!

  3. nobimbo

    Less than 6 (which translates to an average blood sugar of 120) is considered "non-diabetic". So yes, you are borderline, not yet diabetic but definitely something to watch. You can reverse this trend by getting a handle on your insulin resistance through diet and exercise, and maybe supplements or an IR med such as Metformin.
    I am type 2 and my last A1c was 4.8. While a "6" or even a "7" may be considered "good" for a diabetic, the targets are different than those without diabetes. There are some experts who believe that it is realistic for diabetics to shoot for non-diabetic targets, and that the current target levels established by the ADA are too high. I tend to agree with them.
    For some great info about this, check out this link:

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