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Gum Disease Linked to Diabetes, Other Diseases

Filed August 8th, 2013 Joshua Sophy

New research has linked gum disease to a variety of diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a Bloomberg News report this week, a study from researchers at University of Birmingham in the U.K. have found a link between rates of gum diseases, such as gingivitis, and some life-threatening diseases and other harmful effects.

Gum disease affects 50 percent of all American adults, the Bloomberg report notes, and many are not actively treating it. However, if you do take steps to combat gum disease, the new study found that you could significantly reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, or even complications with a pregnancy. The study also found that bacteria generated by gingivitis often traveled to the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The study authors believe there is a link between the two.

The study goes further in noting that the diseases linked to gum disease are often expensive to treat. Indeed, if a person were to develop diabetes, the drug treatments are expensive and often carry risks of serious and life-threatening side effects of their own.

Our recent reporting notes that the most popular drugs previously and currently on the market to treat type 2 diabetes have been linked to serious side effects that have affected thousands of people already.

Actos, currently the most popular drug treatment of type 2 diabetes, has been linked with bladder cancer in numerous lawsuits filed across the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that taking Actos at high doses or for more than a year can significantly increase their chances of developing bladder cancer.

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