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Diabetics need to pay close attention to their teeth, gums

from Indian Country Today

Diabetics have to watch what they eat, make sure they exercise, and, it turns out, they have to make sure they brush and floss with greater vigilance, too. There is a complex relationship between diabetes and gum disease that is "bi-directional" and too often part of a "vicious cycle" of health issues "in American Indians and Alaskan Natives where pre-diabetes and diabetes is so prevalent," according to Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, a professor of oral biology and pathology and director of clinical research at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. "The connection between gum disease and diabetes is related to the chronic inflammation that exists within both of these disease processes," Ryan says. more


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