Treating Gum Disease May Lower Blood Sugar

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 12 (UPI) — A review of studies by researchers in Scotland, Britain and Canada finds treating gum disease may lower sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and colleagues at the Peninsula Dental School, the University of Ottawa and UCL Eastman Dental Institute analyzed seven randomized controlled studies of almost 700 patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and also diagnosed with periodontal disease.

The findings, published in The Cochrane Library, suggested treatment of gum disease can reduce blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes but there wasn’t enough evidence to support the same benefit for those with type 1 diabetes.

“It would be wise to advise patients of the relationship between treating periodontal disease and the possibility of lowering their blood sugar levels,” lead author Terry Simpson of the Edinburgh Dental Institute said in a statement.

“Additionally, an oral health assessment should be recommended as part of their routine diabetes management.”

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