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My Sugar Balance

by Regina Fancy (2020-03-13)

Dr. Shiela Strauss of NYU's My Sugar Balance Review Colleges of Dentistry, using American Diabetes Association guidelines, found 93 percent of subjects with gum disease were at high risk for diabetes.The survey collected data on several potential risk factors. Only high blood pressure and a family history of diabetes (in siblings) were better predictors for the development of diabetes than gum disease. They also found that diabetes was diagnosed in a significantly greater number of people with gum disease versus those with healthy gums.So what does this mean? Is gum disease really causing diabetes? Doctors don't know the answer yet. But it's strongly suggested that you take care of your gums. And how can we do that? With "good" oral bacteria!The "Good" Oral Bacteria There are a few strains of beneficial bacteria, called the healthy oral flora, that colonize your entire mouth. As we age, the viability and density of the normal flora (healthy bacteria) decreases. This is unfortunate because the healthy bacteria are needed to protect the oral cavity, specifically the gums, against "bad" bacteria. The "bad" ones, if allowed to grow, can infect and damage the gums.Infected gums become red, swollen and inflamed. Inflammation allows the "bad" bacteria to enter the blood stream and travel throughout the body. Muscle tissue seems to be very susceptible to infection. The influx of infectious bacteria into muscle tissue can damage the individual cells and lead to lots of inflammation.Inflamed muscle cells breakdown and become dysfunctional. Diseased cells stop responding to the effects of insulin. Without insulin, glucose (sugar) can not enter the cells and builds-up in the blood (hyperglycemia).This is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes: muscle cells become insulin resistant as a result of inflammation initiated when infected with "bad" bacteria from diseased gums.