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Oral health in rural South African type 2 diabetic patients

Peck, T., Price, C., English, P. and Gill, Geoff (2006) 'Oral health in rural South African type 2 diabetic patients'. Tropical Doctor, Vol 36, Issue 2, pp. 111-112.

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Diabetes increases the risk of periodontal disease, but information from the tropics is lacking, and the relationship between periodontal disease and glycaemic control is uncertain. We examined 23 type 2 diabetic patients in a rural and resource-poor area of South Africa. Mean age was 59 +/- 10 (ISD) years, and diabetes duration 6 +/- 6 years. In all, 11 were 'well controlled' (glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA(1c)) < 8.0%, mean 6.5%), and 12 'poorly controlled' (HbA(1c) > 8.0%, mean 13.0%). Periodontal disease was more common in the poorly controlled group (42% versus 18%, P < 0.002). We conclude that dental health is poor in type 2 diabetic patients in rural Africa, and that periodontal disease is closely related to glycaemic control. Improved dental and diabetes care is needed in such communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mellitus type 2 Diabetes
Subjects: WK Endocrine System > WK 810 Diabetes mellitus
WK Endocrine System > WK 835 Complications of diabetes
WK Endocrine System > WK 840 Diabetes as a complication in other conditions
WU Dentistry. Oral Surgery > WU 20.5 Dental research (General)
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 13:54
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:02


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