Study Finds Chronic Gum Disease May Be Associated With Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s
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Reuters (8/17, Boggs) reports that research suggests chronic periodontitis, or gum disease, may be associated with “an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.” The article notes that while investigators “found no overall link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s,” their research found people with periodontitis “for 10 or more years were 70 percent more likely than people without periodontitis to develop Alzheimer’s disease.” The study team concluded, “Our findings support the notion that infectious diseases associated with low-grade inflammation, such as chronic periodontitis, may play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” The findings were published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on periodontitis.
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