Mouthwash Diabetes Threat?

New research has raised con ferns over regular mouthwash use to an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes.

Harvard University’s School of Public Health researchers reckon that using mouthwash twice a day may have a significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study reveals that people who rinse with mouthwash twice a day have a 55% higher risk of developing prediabetes symptoms.

The study found that mouthwash does kills bacteria, which can be both positive and negative. The work showed that mouthwash doesn’t target specific bacteria and this may result in the destruction of strains that could potentially be beneficial for our health.

Note though that the analysis data was from 1,206 people who were deemed overweight and at risk of developing diabetes anyway. All the participants were aged between 40 and 65 years old. Over the course of the research period, 17% of those involved developed diabetes or prediabetes. But, rates were higher among those who used mouthwash, with one fifth of those who used mouthwash once a day and 30% of those who used mouthwash twice a day developed diabetes.

It is thought that some forms of bacteria found in the mouth can help to protect the body against obesity and type 2 diabetes by producing nitric oxide, a chemical, which is involved in metabolic processes and the regulation of insulin.

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