Miami, NJ (PressExposure) April 06, 2012 -- Research presented in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that intensive Gum disease treatment may reverse diabetes. Findings from previous studies have also suggested a link between Gum disease and diabetes and proposed that gum disease treatment may help to control their blood sugar.
IDF (Clinical guidelines from the International Diabetes Federation) has also put emphasis on the significance of Gum disease treatment for people with diabetes.
Samuel Low, from University of Florida College of Dentistry said, "All of us should try to maintain healthy teeth to avoid gum disease, but people with diabetes should pay some extra attention".
A study shows that gum disease triggers the body's inflammatory response which can have an effect on insulin sensitivity and in the end lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. Study further says that establishing routine periodontal care is one way to help keep diabetes under control." This study is important because it furthers the understanding of the potential relationship between gum disease and diabetes. People who have diabetes may have Gum disease than people without diabetes, because diabetes patients are more susceptible to getting infections. In fact, gum disease is actually considered the Sixth complication of diabetes. Mainly those who don't have their diabetes in control are at risk.
Studies have shown in the Journal of Periodontology found that poorly controlled type Two diabetics will probably develop gum disease as compared to well-controlled diabetics are. Research has emerged that the connection between gum disease and diabetes goes both ways - gum disease could make it more complicated for those who have diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. Severe gum disease may increase blood sugar levels, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions having a high blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for diabetic complications.
Therefore, diabetes patients who've gum disease should be treated to get rid of the gum infection. This recommendation is based on a study reported in the Journal of Periodontology involving 113 Pima Indians with both diabetes and gum disease. The research discovered that when their gum infections were treated, the control over their diabetes markedly improved.