Association of Periodontal Disease and Coronary Artery Disease

Study: Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased CAD Risk In Select Patients

Endocrine Today (6/6, Neuffer) reported researchers found that in adult patients with type 1 diabetes who smoke, “periodontal disease increases the risk for coronary artery disease [CAD].” The findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.
Diabetes (UK) (6/7, Woodfield) reported lead researcher Tina Costacou, PhD, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, said, “These data suggest that in addition to good [blood glucose] control and treatment of high blood pressure, smoking cessation and oral health are important factors in reducing the development of heart disease.”