Today, March 28th, is American Diabetes Alert Day. I am dedicating this blog post to alerting people to the facts of this disease, especially to Type 2 Diabetes.
I confess that when I was younger I knew little to nothing about the disease called diabetes. My awareness really began because a friend of mine discovered she had it. Besides being a friend, this lady was also a dental patient who I took care of. In observing this woman, I would have never suspected that she’d be diagnosed with diabetes. The biggest misconception I had was that all diabetics are overweight. My friend was a slim, older lady. If anything, she needed to put on a few pounds! However, from a dental perspective, I knew that something was wrong. As I continued to see her for dental cleanings, her periodontal (gum) condition steadily deteriorated. That, plus the fact that she had a really high rate of decay, made me suspect she was in a different category from my other patients. At first I thought the problem was poor nutrition. She admitted to eating a limited variety of foods and not taking vitamins. I figured that possibly she was really suffering from a lack of vitamin C and recommended she both add citrus fruits to her diet and start taking a good multivitamin. I also stressed that she really needed to step up her oral hygiene and I scheduled more frequent cleanings at our office for her. Continue reading