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Visits to the dentist can identify diabetes

Visits to the dentist can identify diabetes

According to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research, researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental consultations can identify individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. researchers recruited 601 patients who visit a dental clinic in Northern Manhattan, United States, whose age ranges from 40 years of age or older (among non-Hispanic whites) to 30 years of age or older (Hispanic or non-white). None of them had previously been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Of the initial number, only 535 patients received a periodontal examination and a finger prick, used to detect the disease, since they had at least one additional risk factor of diabetes (family history of the disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, overweight or obesity). Patients also underwent a fasting glucose test, which indicates whether an individual has diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The researchers found that among the participants who underwent the tests, two parameters - number of missing teeth and percentage of periodontal pockets (spaces between teeth and gingiva found in periodontitis carriers, populated by bacteria that lead to disease) - were effective in identifying patients with undiagnosed pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Among the participants who received the diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, the presence of 26% or more of periodontal pockets (compared to normal occurrence) or four or more missing teeth correctly identified 73% of the disease cases. Along with tests that help identify diabetes, correct diagnoses have risen to 92%.

Heart health linked to heart health

Other research also indicates that periodontitis may be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. One explanation for this association is that the inflammatory proteins and bacteria present in the periodontal tissue penetrate the bloodstream, causing various effects on the cardiovascular system. A study published in the journal

Circulation examined the relationship between the presence of bacteria that are known to cause periodontitis and the thickening of the blood vessel wall commonly seen in heart disease. After a survey of more than 650 participants , the researchers concluded that increasing the level of thickening of the blood vessel wall was associated with the presence of the same bacteria known to cause periodontitis.

Several aspects of your health status should be considered when assessing the condition of your planning for comprehensive treatment. In the case of patients with cardiovascular disease and people at risk of developing this disease, the critical factors to consider are the severity and duration of the disease, the presence of other diseases - such as diabetes - that affect cardiovascular disease and risk factors

Your dentist can communicate with your doctor to determine the level of care, treatment and general well-being.


Phytotherapy, homeopathy and allopathy: take your doubts

Phytotherapy, homeopathy and allopathy: take your doubts

Phytotherapy, homeopathy and allopathy are forms of drug therapies used to combat diseases and their symptoms. Not everyone can make a distinction between the three types of medicines and many people are in doubt about how they act and what their indications are. What are the main differences between herbal medicine, homeopathy and allopathy?

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Excessive sleepiness: six problems that can cause

Excessive sleepiness: six problems that can cause

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale, created by sleep expert Dr. Murray Johns, is a simple and quick test to apply. It assesses the likelihood of an individual napping or sleeping in eight everyday situations. At the end of this text you can take the test to assess your degree of drowsiness. The major health problems that can cause excessive drowsiness are: 1.

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