Gum disease linked to insulin issues
According to Ryan T. Demmer, Ph.D., of Columbia University, and colleagues, exposure to certain bacteria may play a role in the development of diabetes. With this relationship in mind, Demmer and his fellow researchers set out to see if gingivitis was linked to insulin resistance among people without diabetes. Insulin is a natural hormone that manages blood sugar levels. When a person becomes insulin resistant, the body no longer responds to insulin, leading to higher levels of sugar in the blood. High blood sugar increases the risk of diabetes and other complications.
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