November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the importance of routine dental care is driven home by the fact that 26 million Americans are diabetic.
Recent surveys show 95% of people living with diabetes also have a form of gum disease.
And there’s a strong relationship in the other direction between the two conditions.
Dr. Maria Ryan, a dentist in Stony Brook, New York, says having gum disease greatly increases diabetes risk.
By 2050, one in three Americans is expected to have diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all cases.
It can be prevented because it’s strongly linked to lifestyle.
Ann Constance of the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network says a half-hour of regular exercise most days of the week and losing weight will drastically reduce the risk of contracting diabetes, especially if you’re older — by 70% if you’re over age 65.
Fourteen of the U.P.’s 15 hospitals have a certified diabetes educator.
For more information, you can contact any of them, or the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network in Marquette.