Effects of Gum Disease on Insulin Levels

Effects of Gum Disease on Insulin Levels

Gum disease can lead to gum recession, tooth loss and an increased risk of certain serious health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. New research reveals that gingivitis may also be associated with insulin resistance in people without diabetes.

Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and helps the body convert glucose from the foods we eat into energy. Insulin resistance can increase the risk for abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Insulin resistance can also increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes is linked with numerous health problems.

The recent study included more than 3,600 people from the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It revealed that people with gingivitis were considerably more likely to experience insulin resistance even if they did not currently have diabetes. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can cause gum inflammation, swelling and bleeding. It is caused by the buildup of plaque, a colorless, sticky film that houses dangerous oral bacteria.

One of the best choices you can make to maintain your gum health is to brush and floss every day. Brushing after meals helps remove plaque and bacteria, and flossing daily can help remove buildup from between the teeth. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to more serious forms of gum disease, which are linked to tooth, gum and bone loss as well as other health problems.

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