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Treatment of gum disease could help diabetics

13th May 2010

A study by Edinburgh University scientists has found that treating serious gum disease in diabetics can help to lower their blood sugar levels.

They say that reducing gum inflammation in people with diabetes can help minimise complications with the condition. The research found that when bacteria infect the mouth causing inflammation the chemical changes reduce effectiveness of insulin and raise the levels of blood sugar. Suggesting that treatment to reduce inflammation may therefore help reduce blood sugar. The findings are published as part of the international Cochrane Collaboration.

 

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