Connection between diabetes and oral health
While more than half of those people recently surveyed reported one or more symptoms of gum disease, the majority (67 percent) said they do not discuss their oral health with their doctor. Gum disease can contribute to the progression of a person’s diabetes, as it affects blood glucose control. People with diabetes are also at greater risk for gum disease because the diabetes makes them more susceptible to bacterial infection.
Preventing gum disease starts with brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, and flossing daily. If you have diabetes, report signs of gum disease to your doctor. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease compared with those who do not have diabetes.
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Diabetes may be linked to hearing loss
Past research has shown the connection between diabetes and increased risk of kidney and cardiovascular troubles, nerve damage and vision loss. A new study finds people with diabetes to be more than twice (2.15 time) as likely as those without the disease to have hearing impairment.
Information from 13 previous studies (published between 1977 and 2011) was analyzed looking at 7,377 individuals with diabetes and 12,817 people without the condition.
Some critics argue that it is difficult to determine a direct relationship in this study. Future studies will also look at other factors including age and environment.
Diabetes Self-Care Improves Slowly
A report published in the April 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, includes data from more than 100,000 adults who reported a diabetes diagnosis by a health care professional.
* 14 percent of people with diabetes hit all the recommended health targets
* Between 33 percent and 49 percent of people with diabetes were not meeting their targets for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol control, the report found.
* 21 percent more people lowered their LDL cholesterol (the bad type) to less than 100 milligrams per deciliter
These results show slower than anticipated progress in meeting diabetes goals.
According to the report, the primary goals for diabetes care include:
* Hemoglobin A1C of 7 percent or less
* Blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg
* LDL cholesterol levels below 100 milligrams per deciliter
* No tobacco use
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