Bleeding Gums May Reveal Diabetes

Bleeding Gums May Reveal Diabetes

A new study out of New York University suggests that dental care may be a more effective route to diagnosing diabetes than regular primary care physicians: the blood of your gums could be an easy way for dentists to test if your blood glucose is too high.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that gingival crevicular blood (GCB) could be used for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing, which is a common diagnostic tool for diabetes as well as glycemic control monitoring. Blood tests can show whether a person has high levels of blood glucose, which can be a sign of diabetes as well as pre-diabetes.

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