SINGAPORE: It may be possible to use screening for dental patients as a touchpoint to detect diabetes, doctors at Singapore's National Dental Centre (NDC) said at a briefing on Wednesday (Aug 29).A recent study presented in June this year found that those with severe gum disease were more likely to have undiagnosed diabetes, with 8.6 per cent of severe gum disease patients detected to have undiagnosed diabetes.In comparison, only 1.5 per cent of those with moderate gum disease were found to have undiagnosed diabetes.In all, 5.8 per cent of participants in the study - ranging from those with normal to severe gum disease - were found to have undiagnosed diabetes.The study looked at 500 patients who were being treated or who were referred to the NDC for possible gum disease. They declared that they did not have diabetes during their pre-medical screenings.Those with moderate and severe gum disease were also more likely to have pre-diabetes. More than 30 per cent of the … [Read more...] about Severe gum disease may be a sign of diabetes: Study
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(Reuters Health) - Adding a test normally used for diabetes monitoring to employee wellness exams could identify people who don't have the disease but are at high risk of developing it, a recent study suggests.Researchers examined data from two different types of blood sugar test for more than 34,000 participants in a U.S. employee wellness program who didn't have diabetes. At the start of the study, they all also had fasting blood sugar in a healthy range.Researchers also looked at results of blood tests showing so-called hemoglobin A1c levels, which reflect average blood sugar levels over about three months. Readings above 6.5 percent A1c signal diabetes, and none of the participants had readings this high.But people who started the study with readings closest to a diabetes diagnosis – above 5.9 percent A1c but less than 6.5 percent - were more than eight times more likely to develop diabetes over about four years of follow-up than participants who had readings under 5.7 … [Read more...] about Blood test may predict who is most at risk for diabetes
The ketogenic diet is skyrocketing in terms of popularity, slipping past quite a number of other notable approaches to dieting. This diet itself has been utilized by a spectrum of practitioners ranging from people who simply want to lose some weight and retain muscles, to people who suffer from diabetes. It also treats people suffering from epilepsy, pain, and many more. So, what is the ketogenic diet? Normally, the body runs on carbohydrates that it converts into glucose for energy. For the ketogenic diet, carbohydrate consumption is kept low to force the body to utilize fatty acids to convert into ketone bodies as an energy source. This process is known as ketosis, which is the main objective in a ketogenic diet. Ketosis is a natural body function that happens when a person is starving, where the body is forced to use reserve energy and "switches" the energy source from sugar to fat. This means eating a lot of fat, up to 70 to 80 percent, followed by 20 to 25 … [Read more...] about Ketogenic diet: More benefit or harm?