Periodontitis/Diabetes Link

Evidence of the link between periodontal disease and diabetes continues to grow, as indicated in a recent article by Robert Finn of Elsevier’s Global Medical News. Diabetes appears to induce periodontal disease or cause it to worsen in some patients, but periodontal disease seems to worsen glycemic control.

Evidence to support this conclusion stems in part from the “Scottsdale Project”.  The project consisted of 18 physicians, dentists, and other independent experts who met in Scottsdale, Arizona in April 2007 to review the strength of evidence for associations among periodontitis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Participants conducted a systematic review of 118 published articles in an attempt to answer eight focused questions. 

Other data comes from analyses of the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Read the full article, which contains additional resources, here.

Information on the connection between periodontits and systemic diseases was also discussed in an earlier post on this blog.

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