Periodontal Disease and Obesity

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Obesity is a systemic disease that predisposes to a variety of co-morbidities and complications that affect people’s overall health.  And it’s no surprise that obesity is on the rise in the United States, or that younger and younger people of society are becoming obese. Poor nutrition, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity and the lack of health effects tributes to some of the classifications for being over-weight and obese, which pertain to more than 60 percent American adults. Not only does obesity increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, but also contributes to hypertension, arthritis, respiratory problems, and endometrial, prostate, breast, and or colon cancer.
Obesity has also been linked to increasing your risk for periodontal disease, which could head you straight down the path for cardiovascular disease. Fat cells have been thought of as having limited function energy storage. Fat cells produce many chemical signals and hormones. Many of these substances are thought to increase overall inflammation in the body. This could also lead to decreased immune status, which increases susceptibly to periodontal disease. The resulting inflammation could cause the blood flow to decrease and cause the disease to progress.

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