Gum disease increases diabetes risk in pregnant women

April 9, 2008 8:44:13 AM PDT
Pregnant women with gum disease may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes. That occurs when women cannot control blood sugar levels during pregnancy. It typically ends at birth.

Researchers followed more than 200 pregnant women and found that 8 percent of those who developed gestational diabetes had symptoms of gum disease.

Gestational diabetes can cause pre-term birth and it increases a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes later.

You can learn more about the study in this month's Journal of Dental Research.