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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. Winksartist

    Is Aspartame dangerous for Diabetics?

    I recently received an email from which I quote the following exerpt:
    "Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance. ...
    I would like to know whether this is true from someone with real scientific/medical knowledge, or whether this is just scaremongering. The email appeared to be one of those that are circulated many times. Also does anyone know whether there are sugar-free fizzy drinks that do not contain aspartame available in the United Kingdom?
    Thanks

  2. furball64801

    All I can tell you is I used the product for years and havent had any of those issues, I know the stuff gets a bad rap but I have had 0 problems with it, sure never drove my bs out of control and my memory is fine for someone almost 62.

  3. Stump86

    I've never had problems with aspartame either, but I do prefer having things sweetened with sucralose (splenda)

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