World Diabetes Day is taking place today (14/11).
It is estimated that 3.5 million Africans, about 6% of the population, reported in 2012 suffering from diabetes, and many more are not diagnosed.
Gum disease is a possible complication of diabetes.
New research has revealed that the relationship between severe gum disease and diabetes can be two-way. Diabetic patients are more prone to severe gum disease, and gum disease can potentially affect blood glucose, which in turn can contribute to diabetes progression.
Gum disease symptoms may be red, inflamed, bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth and chronic bad breath.
Research has shown that the prevalence of gum disease has increased in those with diabetes and oOther diabetes-related complications include heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.