Gum Disease May Increase Hypertension Risk

The New York Times reports that “people with gum disease may be at increased risk for high blood pressure,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the results of 81 studies including more than 200,000 people.” The findings were published in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the researchers from University College London found “moderate-to-severe periodontitis was linked with a 22% higher hypertension risk, while severe periodontitis was linked with 49% higher risk.”

In a release on Science Daily, senior author Dr. Francesco D’Aiuto said, “We observed a linear association – the more severe periodontitis is, the higher the probability of hypertension.”

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