Archive for June 2016

Dentistry and Diabetes

Diabetes Defined

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition that results in prolonged elevated blood sugar levels throughout the body. Normally, our pancreas produces a hormone, insulin, to remove sugar from blood when we eat. In Type I DM, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type II DM results from insulin-resistance, where the body does not respond properly to insulin production. Both types lead to persistent, dangerously high levels of blood sugar that negatively affect all tissues in the body, including those that support teeth.