High Blood Pressure: People suffering from gum disease are at a higher risk of developing hypertension

High blood pressure aka hypertension is one of the major causes of premature deaths. Did you know 45 percent of adults suffer from it? As per the latest findings which were published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, people with gum disease aka periodontitis have greater chances of having high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure: People suffering from gum disease are at a higher risk of developing hypertensionHigh Blood Pressure: People suffering from gum disease are at a higher risk of developing hypertension
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High blood pressure aka hypertension is one of the major causes of premature deaths. Did you know 45 percent of adults suffer from it?  As per the latest findings which were published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, people with gum disease aka periodontitis have greater chances of having high blood pressure. 

Study's senior author Professor Francesco D'Aiuto of University College London's Eastman Dental Institute said that they have observed that there is a linear association between the two. As per research, they concluded that people who have gum diseases should be informed of the risks and they should bring in lifestyle changes to prevent high BP. He added that high BP can lead to heart attack and stroke in patients with periodontitis.

Previous research too suggested a connection between the two and that dental treatment can lower blood pressure. As per several studies across the globe, they came to the conclusion that moderate-to-severe periodontitis was associated with a 22 percent raised risk for hypertension, while severe periodontitis was linked with 49 percent higher changes of the ailment.

They also noticed that average arterial blood pressure was higher in patients with gum diseases compared to those without. Also, they have noticed 4.5 mmHg higher systolic and 2 mmHg higher diastolic blood pressure levels. For the unversed, an average 5 mmHg blood pressure rise is linked to a 25 percent increased risk of death from either stroke or heart attack.

Professor D'Aiuto added, "There seems to be a continuum between oral health and blood pressure which exists in healthy and diseased states. The evidence suggesting periodontal therapy could reduce blood pressure remains inconclusive. In nearly all intervention studies, blood pressure was not the primary outcome. Randomized trials are needed to determine the impact of periodontal therapy on blood pressure."

He explained that two diseases are linked as the gum ailments and oral bacteria related to them lead to inflammation in the body which affects the functioning of blood vessels. This is not all, he also said that patients with high BP can lead to gum diseases as well.

Speaking of high blood pressure, if you are suffering from high BP then pressure of blood against the arteries is higher than the normal. Genetics, heavy drinking, smoking, poor lifestyle and obesity among others are some of the causes of the same. Aside from medications, one can bring down the elevated levels of blood pressure by following some home remedies and by bringing lifestyle changes. Two important pieces of advice for high BP patients are having healthy foodstuff and incorporating a workout regime.

One should include potassium-rich food items and exclude sodium-rich foodstuff. If you are not getting time for a workout or for the gym, then make sure you indulge in walking or climbing stairs and move around by doing chores so that you are active.

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