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Gum Disease Is Linked with Heart Attacks, Diabetes
Gum Disease Is Linked with Heart Attacks, Diabetes

Gum Disease Is Linked with Heart Attacks, Diabetes

Oslo, 20 Jun (ONA) --- A large study has found that people with a prior heart attack or diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than their healthy counterparts. The research is presented at EuroPerio10, the world's leading congress in periodontology and implant dentistry organized by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP).

"This was an observational study and does not imply causal relationships," said study author Dr. Ida Stødle of the University of Oslo, Norway. "However, the findings raise awareness about the correlations between chronic illnesses which affect large numbers of people. This knowledge may help efforts to prevent these diseases."

Non‐communicable diseases (NCDs) are becoming increasingly common as populations age and there is growing evidence that they are connected. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, affects up to half of all adults worldwide. This study examined whether severe periodontitis was more frequent in individuals with diabetes or a prior heart attack.

--- Ends/Thuraiya/Khalid