New research finds diabetes is linked to serious gum disease

BY MOHAN GARIKIPARITHI: A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania has linked the metabolic disease to abnormalities of microbes found in the mouth, known as the oral microbiome. This discovery was found using mouse studies with diabetes. Increases in inflammation and bone loss were also found to be associated with diabetes. (read more)

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7 sneaky signs your blood sugar is too high

BY MARYGRACE TAYLOR: Here’s a scary stat: More than 15 million men in the U.S. have diabetes—a condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high—but around a quarter of them don’t even know it, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That’s bad news. When left unchecked, the condition can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

One of the reasons why so many people end up going untreated is because the symptoms caused by high blood sugar are sneaky. They tend to develop gradually, so you might not realize that you’re sick. (read more)

Adolescents with diabetes need better help transitioning to adult care

BY JESSE FEITH: A new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, published on Wednesday, is now calling for better help for adolescents with chronic diseases like diabetes as they transition from pediatric to adult care.

The transition, the study says, happens during a high-risk period: it comes during adolescence, when people often find themselves managing multiple responsibilities for the first time and are often at risk of rebelling against the disease’s daily requirements, like insulin injections.  (read more)

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