Gum disease, diabetes, and vitamin D share deep links.
Diabetes, as many people realize, is a growing problem in the United States and globally.
In 2015, almost 1 in 10 adults were estimated to have diabetes. There are about 1.5 million new diagnoses each year in the U.S.
Diabetes is complex and involves multiple systems.
Uncovering the full range of potential risk factors could help prevent diabetes from occurring in some individuals and help others manage symptoms more effectively.
Diabetes and periodontitis
They chose to look at gum disease because earlier studies had shown that diabetes increases the risk of periodontitis, which is a bacterially induced inflammatory disease that can damage soft tissue and bone.