Periodontitis is a common complication associated with diabetes mellitus. It causes inflammation and infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth. Recent research reports that vitamin D protects against periodontitis in diabetic mice.
Periodontitis is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47% of American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. Among adults over 65 years, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent.
A study led by researchers from the University in Chengdu, China, reports that diabetic mice supplemented with vitamin D exhibited decreased bone loss and inflammation compared with diabetic mice not supplemented with vitamin D.
The researchers conclude,
“Our findings should have important implications for clinical therapy of diabetic periodontitis.”