Good oral health may help prevent diabetes, muscle weakness

Alonzo Osche
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New research finds links between good oral health and overall health in older adults. Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images
  • Previous research has found that poor oral health is a predictor of cardiovascular disease and mortality from all causes.
  • A new study suggests that having fewer remaining teeth and poor chewing ability increases the risk of muscle loss, weakness, and diabetes in older people.
  • Improvements in oral health, including the use of dentures — which might mitigate the risk of losing remaining teeth — could help prevent these conditions.

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