Find the Best Plan in Your Area
Find The Right Dentist For You
A new study has found that periodontal (gum) disease could be an independent predictor of incident Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health conducted the study to look whether periodontal infections can contribute to the development of diabetes, as it is already known that diabetics are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, Science Daily reports.
They looked at 9,000 participants from the US and found that those who experienced higher-than-average incidences of gum disease were almost twice as likely to become diabetic during the 20-year timeframe.
Dr Ryan T Demmer, lead author, commented: "These data add a new twist to the association and suggest that periodontal disease may be there before diabetes."
"We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease," he added.
Previous research has found that people with gum disease are also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.