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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Readers:


Oh, did you know that my anniversary was on Tuesday? Not my wedding anniversary, that's May 29th, I meant my diabetes anniversary. On the 14th of May, I celebrated living with diabetes for a grand total of 23 years... and counting. It's never easy to live with an illness. I know I'm not perfect, but I think that I have done a pretty good job managing things.

Diabetes can be different for everyone. It can be a real pain to manage or it can be a blessing in disguise. Use diabetes as a sign to improve your health and your life.
That's the way I look at it.

Here's to many more healthy years!

Regards,
Steve


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Losing Teeth with Diabetes

By: Sarah Wickline
dailyrx.com

Tooth loss rates were greater in people with diabetes

(dailyRx News) Brushing and flossing should be part of everyone's daily habits. For people with diabetes, proper oral hygiene is even more important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

A recent study looked at the rates of tooth loss in Americans with and without diabetes.

The results of the study showed that people with diabetes were more than twice as likely to lose all of their teeth than people without diabetes.

Manthan H. Patel, BDS, MPH, a student at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo, and Mark E. Moss, DDS, PhD, a public health dentist at the Bureau of Dental Health at the New York State Department of Health, led this study into associations between diabetes and tooth loss.

According to the study authors, tooth loss is a major problem for people 60 years of age and older. Tooth loss can lead to difficulty chewing and speaking, feeling self-conscious about one's appearance and social stigma.

"Although the prevalence of tooth loss has declined over the past few decades, it still is a significant public health problem that will continue to affect the baby boomer generation in the United States," the authors wrote.

For the study, the researchers looked closely at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003 and 2004.

Information about the oral health exams and the diabetes status of 2,508 survey participants, 50 years of age and older, were evaluated by the researchers.

The results of the study showed that 28 percent of people with diabetes had lost all of their teeth, compared to 14 percent of people who did not have diabetes.

The study authors listed long-term gum disease, tooth decay and cavities as the primary reasons for tooth loss in adults.

People with low income and less education were more likely to have complete tooth loss, which may have to do with access to proper dental care. Only 19 percent of people who never smoked had total tooth loss, compared to 43 percent of smokers.

People with diabetes that had lost some, but not all, teeth were missing an average of 10 teeth, compared to 7 teeth for people without diabetes.

"These study results revealed that adults with diabetes are at higher risk of experiencing tooth loss and edentulism (complete tooth loss) than are adults without diabetes. One of every five cases of edentulism in the United States is linked to diabetes," the authors concluded.

The results of this study were consistent with results found in two other large studies that looked at tooth loss among people with and without diabetes.

The authors suggested that healthcare providers work to educate patients with diabetes about the importance of oral health care in this high-risk group.

"This study gives additional support for the assertion that diabetes is an independent risk factor for tooth loss. This should help to justify inclusion of oral health care in diabetes prevention and control programs and other public policy measures," said Mark Bornfeld, DDS, a practicing dentist in New York. Dr. Bornfeld was not involved with this study.

The cost of a dental cleaning and check up may vary between $0 and $150, depending on location and insurance coverage.

The American Dental Association recommends people floss seven days per week and brush twice per day.

This study was published in May in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Original Article: Losing Teeth with Diabetes


*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

Peanut Butter Granola

Servings: 6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups rolled oats (or quick oats)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/3 cup dark raisins

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine oats and wheat germ.
3. Place peanut butter and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish. Mix well. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, until warm. Stir again.
4. Pour peanut butter mixture over the cereal and toss to evenly coat. Stir in raisins.
5. Spread evenly in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once.
6. Cool before serving.
7. Store any leftover granola in self-sealing plastic bags.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 345 calories (34% calories from fat), 14 g protein, 14 g total fat (2.9 g saturated fat), 46 g carbohydrate, 7 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 104 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 medium fat protein, 3 carbohydrate (2 1/2 bread/starch, 1/2 fruit), 1 fat

Original Recipe: Peanut Butter Granola

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