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How diabetes affects vision and dental health

from BPT via Journal Sentinel

It's no secret that diabetes often goes hand in hand with other chronic conditions, like heart disease, and can cause a range of serious complications including nerve damage and limb amputation. When it comes to understanding how diabetes can affect oral and visual health, however, many people may feel they are in the dark. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that 1 out of every 2 Americans 30 years or older has periodontal disease. Gum diseases are infections of the mouth that affect the tissue and bone that hold a person's teeth in place and can lead to bad breath, abscesses and tooth loss. The risk for gum disease is even higher for the 26 million Americans living with diabetes. more

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