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Teeth loss linked to heart attacks, diabetes and high cholesterol 'because it causes inflammation in the bloodstream'

from Mail Online

In the first study of its type, Swedish researchers looked at patients with chronic coronary heart disease taking part in a drugs trial and examined their dental health. At the start of the study, 15,828 study participants from 39 countries reported their remaining number of teeth, classified as: none, 1-14, 15-19, 20-25 or 26-32, and frequency of gum bleeds: never/rarely, sometimes, often or always. Around 40 percent of patients had fewer than 15 teeth and 16 percent had no teeth, while 1 in 4 reported gum bleeds. For every fall in the number of teeth recorded, the study found increasing levels of an enzyme that increases inflammation and promotes hardening of the arteries. more


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