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September 21, 2009

Antioxidants and Diabetes – Does a Little Go a Long Way?


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Can something good for you also be bad for you?  Some of the latest research on antioxidants suggests that they can contribute to the early onset of type 2 diabetes.

A study published in Cell Metabolism challenges the long held belief that molecules called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are always harmful and that antioxidants are always beneficial.  This was the finding by an international team of scientists.  Researchers found that the ROS molecules enhance insulin action and may protect individuals during the early stages of type 2 diabetes.  Antioxidants prevent ROS molecules from having this beneficial effect.

After all we’ve heard about the disease fighting qualities of antioxidants, this may sound unbelievable, but what the researchers found is that by elevating ROS levels in the muscles of genetically-modified mice they could prevent the onset of insulin resistance and diabetes.  When they treated the animals with antioxidants, which cleaned up the ROS molecules, the mice lost their improved insulin response.

However, researchers say that ROS, while beneficial in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, can be harmful as diabetes develops.  What they’re now trying to figure out is when these molecules stop being beneficial by enhancing insulin action and helping to lower blood sugar levels, and when they become harmful. 

If you’re concerned about diabetes what should you do?  The scientist’s advice is to eat healthily and exercise because those are natural sources of ROS molecules that promote insulin action.

If you’re concerned about your potential for developing diabetes, be sure to discuss those concerns with your physician and with your dentist.   Why your dentist?  Dentists can often spot problems in your mouth – like diabetes – before you have it diagnosed by your physician.   And, since you should see your dentist twice a year, that gives you an additional opportunity to have a problem diagnosed in early stages. 

Not all dentists are alike when it comes to understanding the links between dental health and high blood sugar levels or other systemic health problems. Every Dentistry For DiabeticsSM dentist, on the other hand, is thoroughly trained in the connections between gum disease and high blood sugar readings. They also know how to lower blood sugar using specific types of dental therapy, so follow this link to find a Dentistry For DiabeticsSM dentist near you.


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May 5, 2008

The Controversy Over Antioxidants And Their Role In Physical And Oral Healthcare


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It’s been shown through research that antioxidants can reduce oxidative stress that leads to inflammation which, in turn, triggers higher CRP levels that can add fuel to the fire of any smoldering periodontal disease. And, for people who have diabetes, gum disease poses significant metabolic threats. So, many dentists incorporate antioxidants into their oral care of people who have diabetes symptoms.

Should you be concerned about the continuing controversy over antioxidants? Probably not.
 
Most of the consternation is due to the monumental struggle between mainstream pharmaceutical companies, nutraceutical manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is correctly concerned about making sure that nutraceutical claims can be backed up, and the more research that is done the more the findings are confirming that these supplements can, indeed, play a major role in maintaining the body’s normal structure and function.
 
It’s clear to me that in the not too distant future we’ll see a lot more collaboration, as the pharmaceutical industry embraces nutraceuticals and forms entire new product lines featuring them. I can assure you that if your DentistryForDiabeticsSM doctor combines your periodontal therapy with nutraceuticals that contain antioxidants, you can be sure that they have studied the supplement thoroughly and believe it will play an important part in reducing CRP levels and restoring your health.
 
Another critical fact that you need to know is DentistryForDiabeticsSM is the only known national organization dedicated to providing dental care for people who have diabetes that is based on extensive clinical education. Our certified dentists lead the profession in their knowledge base of diabetes-related complications of gum disease. Treatment with a DentistryForDiabeticsSM specialist means you are getting care from a professional who is committed to meeting the special needs of diabetics. These dentists are exclusively certified, and there is only one in each local region. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you can rely on diabetes-focused prevention and treatment from a DentistryForDiabeticsSM professional.
 
For more important diabetes information, get your free five-lesson mini-course on diabetes and your teeth at DentistryForDiabetics.com.

 


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May 4, 2008

Periodontal Treatment Reduces C-Reactive Protein


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There is a direct link between periodontal disease and higher system-wide levels of CRP. When you treat gum disease, CRP levels go down and, as a result, reduce all the associated risks from system-wide inflammation, CRP, and the compounding effects of all of these upon your diabetes.

Specific methods of treating periodontal disease – using scaling and root planing combined with a topical antibiotic gel – are proven to significantly lower the levels of CRP associated with a heightened risk of heart disease. These techniques may sound intimidating but they are less painful than what will surely develop into ever more severe gum disease and all the problems related to inflammation if left untreated.
 
A relatively new tool in the dentist’s CRP-fighting arsenal is antioxidant nutrients. Oxidative stress is caused when the body produces more free radicals than it can normally handle. Free radicals are oxygen-related byproducts of normal metabolism. Obviously, we need oxygen to survive, literally from breath to breath. But these cells are created as the body uses oxygen and sugar to produce the energy it needs simply to keep going. These free radicals, unchecked, damage surrounding molecules. The body usually has a supply of antioxidants that it uses to control the harm done by free radicals and to repair any damage. So, when the supply of antioxidants gets low the damage done by free radicals mounts up, causing inflammation. As the inflammation grows, CRP is released into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc throughout the body.
 
Recent research has demonstrated that antioxidant nutrients can keep the free radicals in check and reduce the inflammation. That, in turn, reduces the level of CRP in your blood. This is especially important for people who have diabetes, because the cascade of effects caused by oxidative stress can be triggered by many diabetes symptoms and related risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It may, in fact, be the common thread ties them all together.
 
Antioxidants, generally taken in the form of supplements, are found in a wide variety of naturally healthy foods including a lot of fruits and vegetables. One of the most commonly used antioxidants is found in grape seed extracts.
 
The USDA has also found that, when it comes to antioxidants, you can literally eat your way to better health. Click here to read how.

For more diabetes information, get your free five-lesson mini-course on diabetes and your teeth at DentistryForDiabetics.com.


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November 13, 2008

Inspiring Olympian Who Has Diabetes Retires With 10 Medals


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After an inspirational career that achieved 10 Olympic medals despite a continual battle against elevated blood sugar, swimming star Gary Hall has officially announced his retirement. Hall said much of the time he formerly spent on his rigorous training regimen will now be devoted to his diabetes-focused foundation. It was especially fitting that he made the decision  More on Inspiring Olympian Who Has Diabetes Retires With 10 Medals


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December 6, 2008

The Best Beverage For High Blood Sugar Readings And Teeth


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Can your choice of a beverage affect your oral health and your ability to manage blood sugar levels? The answer is yes, according to dental researchers, and you may be surprised by what that beverage turns out to be. After studying the effects of different drinks on tooth erosion, the winner is clear – it’s  More on The Best Beverage For High Blood Sugar Readings And Teeth


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August 24, 2008

Men Over 60 May Get Extra Metabolic Help From Vitamin K


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If you’re a man who has diabetes or who has been diagnosed with prediabetes, you may soon be talking with your physician about the benefits of taking vitamin K.  A three-year trial showed that men who took a small daily amount of vitamin K slowed down the process of  More on Men Over 60 May Get Extra Metabolic Help From Vitamin K


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March 19, 2009

What’s The Best Beverage For Your Teeth? You May Be Surprised.


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While most of the focus centers on obesity as a consequence of faulty drinking behavior in our contemporary lifestyle, an equally pressing issue in my mind is the effects on your teeth. Attacked by ridiculous amounts of sugar in pop or acid in juices, your teeth are under assault as never before. But there is one beverage that avoids tooth erosion – brewed tea.

The typical soft drink these days has 17 spoonsful of  More on What’s The Best Beverage For Your Teeth? You May Be Surprised.


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November 6, 2008

Green Tea Antioxidant Could Slow Or Even Prevent Type 1 Diabetes


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Autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes may be preventable in some people using a compound found in green tea, researchers in Georgia say. Several antioxidants in green tea curb inflammation, prevent cell destruction and may even fight cancer. Now, one of these antioxidants – a substance called  More on Green Tea Antioxidant Could Slow Or Even Prevent Type 1 Diabetes


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July 5, 2008

Taking Control Of Your Health: Step Four - Get Your Teeth Fixed


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As a person who has diabetes you may need to visit the dentist more frequently than a nondiabetic would. Talk with your dentist about the check-up schedule that’s right for you and then maintain regular check-ups at intervals of two to six months.   The interval between check-ups will depend on the severity of your diabetes, your overall dental health and your overall health trends.

Be open to different therapies your dentist may recommend. Ask questions and understand why your dentist is suggesting a particular type of therapy.   Find out what the benefits are.
 
For example, many dentists today are using antioxidants to help fight against some of the inflammation-related effects of gum disease and its links with diabetes symptoms. It’s an emerging, nontraditional approach that holds great promise for future therapies aimed at maintaining the structure and function of your gums and other body systems. You may never have heard of it before, but keep an open mind and consider the new information.
 
Don’t let fear of the dentist’s chair keep you from using good dental care as another way to help control your diabetes. Dentistry has changed a lot over the years and the painful dentistry techniques many of my patients remember from their childhood years have been replaced by less invasive, less painful approaches to good oral health.
 
For more diabetes information, get your free report that includes 10 fascinating health, nutrition, exercise, eating plan tips and strategies at DentistryForDiabetics.com.
 

 


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September 17, 2008

Eat Your Curry - It May Help With Diabetes & Gum Disease


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Now there’s an easy and tasty way to fight the hidden inflammation that is at the root of gum disease, which worsens your diabetes. The best part is that you can do it at the dinner table, or at lunch if you like. You’ll probably want to skip this at breakfast, though. All you have  More on Eat Your Curry - It May Help With Diabetes & Gum Disease


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