Mehmet A. Eskan, a researcher at the University at Buffalo, has a recommendation for medical practitioners treating individuals with Type 2 diabetes (T2D): check your patients’ teeth.
Eskan’s recent research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, revealed a notable correlation between chewing functionality and blood glucose levels in T2D patients. Specifically, he found that patients with T2D who maintain a full chewing ability exhibit significantly lower blood glucose levels compared to those with compromised chewing function. Eskan is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo.
The retrospective study looked at data gathered from 94 patients with T2D who had been seen at an outpatient clinic in a hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The patients were divided into two groups: the first group included patients who had good “occlusal function” —enough teeth placed properly and making contact in such a way that a person can chew their food well. That group’s blood glucose level was 7.48. The second group couldn’t chew well, if at all, because they were lacking some or all of those teeth; their blood glucose level was almost 27% higher, at 9.42.