Welcome back to my returning readers and to those of you who are new to this blog. For those of you who are reading “regulars”, you already know that Dr. Scharf is a licensed Periodontist in Long Island whose blog focuses on educating his readers and patients in all things dental, especially those which are important to maintaining ongoing good health or improvement of impaired health. In keeping with that philosophy, today we begin a new article series on diabetes and periodontal or gum disease and the relationship which exists between them. So, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
The Basics of Diabetes
First of all, before you can understand how important this article series is and how it can help improve your health, we need to make sure everyone is on the same page on the topic of diabetes — what it is and what it isn’t. It is hoped that the information we will be providing will help to prevent the development of diabetes or the worsening of it if you are already afflicted with it.
What Diabetes Isn’t
It is important to understand that diabetes and the potential of being diagnosed with it is not something to take lightly. Nor is it something that you can put off worrying about or taking steps to prevent because you’re “too young” to worry about it.. While it is true that diabetes (type II) has always been considered a disease of the aged, recent health statistics reveal that type II diabetes is being found in younger and younger people every year. The statistics even show an alarming increase in the occurrence of type II diabetes in children (formerly only type I or juvenile diabetes being found in children or teens). The experts attribute this increase to the decreasing amounts of physical activity being preferred by our children and the diets being fed to them. This creates the other rapidly increasing health malady among children….obesity…which is also considered a contributor to the development of diabetes.
Also What Diabetes Isn’t
Diabetes also isn’t just too much sugar in the diet. It is true that sugar is definitely a contributor to its development but simple sugar isn’t the only component. Starches and simple carbohydrates also become sugar during the digestive process and go into the blood as “glucose”. If your body isn’t burning the nutrients which you are putting into it, then excesses will build up in your body and one of those excesses is glucose. Exercise is one of the ways to force your body to burn those excesses and our children, as well as most American adults and teens, are simply not getting the exercise they need to metabolize those excesses. They are, instead, “couch potatoes” staying inside to play video games, games on their tablets and phones or watching TV while they eat potato chips, pizza and candy and drink sodas. All of the excess fats, proteins, carbs and sugars get into the blood and cause problems with a variety of other bodily systems and the way they function, upsetting the balance of this amazing human machine designed by the Creator.
Now that we have established some of what diabetes isn’t, next time, we’ll talk about what it is. In the meantime, we encourage you to get established with a dental professional who can take care of the oral health of each and every member of your family. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and, in that role, he can help to identify and treat gum disease in your family. Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.