Diabetes and periodontal disease have an unfortunate symbiotic relationship that makes it difficult for those who suffer to end the cycle and enjoy optimal health: Those who have periodontal disease are more likely to have diabetes, and those who have diabetes are more prone to periodontal disease.
Diabetes Increases the Chances of Periodontal Disease
Because they are more susceptible to infection, diabetics are at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease than their non-diabetic counterparts; diabetics who struggle to control their disease have an even greater risk.
In addition, because diabetes impairs the ability of the body to heal, diabetics who have gum disease may experience symptoms (such as swollen, bleeding gums) and permanent damage (such as tooth loss) at a much faster rate than those who do not have diabetes.
The Other Side of the Coin
Periodontal disease and other infections increase blood sugars. Because it is a chronic infection, gum disease makes it difficult for even healthy people to control their blood sugar. The problem? The constant fluctuation of blood sugar levels may eventually result in diabetes, which may also result in additional complications that are associated with diabetes such as vision problems, nerve conditions, and high blood pressure.
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