Patients with diabetes can be identified in the dentist's chair?
At your checkup dental care, you expect your dentist to examine your teeth and gums for signs of caries, gum disease, and even oral cancer. However, researchers at the College of Dentistry at Columbia University say that their dentist could also be on the front line to identify undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes during a routine dental appointment.
Dentistry researchers recruited about 600 new participants who consulted a dental clinic in Manhattan. None of the participants (over 40 years of non-Hispanic and white and over 30 years Hispanic or non-white) had previously been warned that they had pre-diabetes or diabetes. A total of 535 patients with at least one self-reported risk factor, including family history of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or overweight / obesity, received periodontal examination and a simple fingertip hemoglobin A1c test. Patients returned on a subsequent visit to a fasting plasma glucose test, a test that detects diabetes or pre-diabetes.
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