Tender, bleeding gums causing high blood sugar triggers type-2 diabetes

People with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, have more gum disease than those without diabetes. We have known that for a long time. Now, scientists are finding that gum disease may raise blood sugar levels in people with and without diabetes. At a recent meeting of top experts in dental and diabetes research from around the world, scientists looked closely at the latest research into how gum disease could affect diabetes. They found that, compared with those with healthy gums, people with severe gum disease dhave higher long-term blood sugar levels (A1c); dmight be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes; dmay be at a higher risk of developing pregnancy (gestational) diabetes; dhave a harder time controlling their type 2 diabetes; dare at a higher risk of experiencing harm to eyes and kidneys, as well as a heart attack and stroke if they have diabetes.2

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