Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Being sweet is a wonderful thing. But when that sweetness penetrates into your system it can be rather harmful. The reference to the high levels of sugar in the blood is a disease which is medically referred to as Diabetes. Diabetes is considered to be a chronic illness and is caused by reduced insulin production in the body or resistance to insulin. Or, it could be both the factors put together.
Types of Diabetes
There are typically three major types of diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes: It can occur in children and young adults. It is a situation where the body makes little or no insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes: This is most common diabetes that occurs amongst adults and young people alike. While there are many causes for its occurrence, obesity has been researched to be a major cause. It also renders the disease incurable.
- Gestational diabetes: Is where the blood sugar increases at any time during pregnancy in a woman. In some cases the problem subsides after childbirth and on the reverse can also continue and becomes a chronic problem.
Periodontal Disease Can Be a Side Effect of Diabetes
Diabetes has many side effects. It affects your entire system and requires one to be careful with regard to the diet and lifestyle. The American Diabetic Association has attributed diabetes to be a common cause for periodontal diseases. It increases the possibility of gum infections that do not cure as easily and often results in loss of dentures. Sometimes there is an increased production of glycation. It in turn affects the collagen which breaks down due to the infection and causes multiple abscesses in the gum. In addition, any dental infection does not get cured easily and can get worse over time, therefore making one more susceptible to dental problems. Diabetes is a serious situation that affects the heart, nervous system, eyes, and kidney and can be a cause of organ failure as well.
Control the Onset of Diabetes
With that said, the disease is not totally incurable. One has to be very conscious of the diet and control the sugar in your food intake. Regular exercise also helps to keep blood sugar in check. This will in turn control the blood glucose level. In addition, regular brushing and flossing of the teeth – at least twice a day – with sugar free products is recommended. it is important to be in touch with your dentist at regular intervals as well.
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