• Diabetes & Dental Health


    July 25th, 2010adminarticles

    Diabetes is a very serious condition and it can strike even the people who live the healthiest lifestyles. Diabetes has often been linked with serious dental conditions such as periodontitis and gingivitis.

    Newer studies in the field of dentistry and medicine suggest that people with type 2 diabetes have higher chances of tooth loss than the people who lack the illness. Why so? For one, diabetes is linked with the decrease of salivation, which in turn dries the mouth and thickens the blood vessels, reducing the normal circulation of nutrients into the body, especially into the gum tissues. Diabetes also makes it harder for the body to fight infections because of the lesser production of already-weakened white blood cells.

    Come to think of it, diabetes produces a domino effect that can lead from one serious illness to a much more serious illness. Diabetes, per se, is not the only one responsible for all medical and dental complications that hasten death. Research shows that people who already have diabetes, but eat healthy food, exercise daily, take their insulin and drink their medicine on a regular basis have significantly lower chances of acquiring life-threatening complications. People who take their diabetes for granted or are unaware of it, on the other hand, have shown a rapid degeneration in the production of antibodies and have lower blood circulation, paving the way to a weakened body state.

    In the study previously mentioned, a fourth of 38,000 males who have type 2 diabetes that were subjected to medical examinations have been reported to have had tooth loss; a third of those 11,478 who have suffered from tooth loss were also positive of periodontitis.

    Sexism being put aside, we know for a fact that the male population tends to drink and smoke more than the female population. We also know for a fact that most males would ignore getting medical and dental attention and still pursue a crude lifestyle, being aware of the risks imposed by the threat of acquiring diabetes.

    But women are the most burdened with the effects of diabetes. Being known for their balancing act lifestyles and the pressures of taking care of their children, having diabetes can be very depressing, especially if the woman is a stay-at-home mother. Signs of gestational diabetes have often been evidenced in pregnant women. With the risk of diabetes going away after childbirth, there is still a looming concern if the condition will come back. Women are encouraged to go back to their usual work lives and exercise routines once they have fully recuperated from the childbirth.

    Birth control pills and intraurine devices have been linked with fluctuating glucose levels and are not recommended to women who already have diabetes.

    The risk of diabetes is four times as much on Asian, African-African and Hispanic women than on Caucasian women.

    A healthy lifestyle, daily exercise and awareness on the stuff that makes our digestive systems puke is one way of preventing diabetes from setting in. People who know that diabetes is inherent in their family should steer clear from drinking and smoking, as well as eating vast amounts of carbohydrates. Simple prevention can be the cure.

    For the people who already have diabetes, consult your dentist about what type of diet you should follow with regard to your daily budget.

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