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Reduction In Fat Cells Helps The Body Fight Gum Disease

November 9, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. pilot study involving 31 obese people has discovered an association between a reduction of fat cells in the body and an improved ability to fight gum disease. Half of the participants had gastric bypass surgery, had fat cells from the abdomen removed and were treated for gum disease. The other half were also treated for gum disease but did not have the gastric bypass surgery or fat removed. While both groups showed improvement in gum health, the surgery group did better on the measures for periodontal attachment, bleeding, probing depths and plaque levels, researchers said. And most of the surgery group experienced a drop in their glucose levels after the procedure, a result that bodes well for overweight people predisposed to diabetes and insulin-related problems.
Dima Lakkis et al., "Response to Periodontal Therapy in Subjects Who Had Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery and Obese Counterparts", Journal of Periodontology, November 09, 2011, © American Academy of Periodontology
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