The link between bad breath, diabetes and how Ayurvedic medicine can help

Dr Sarah Brewer has teamed up with type 2 diabetes supplement CuraLin to talk about the side effects of having undiagnosed diabetes and how you can control your blood sugar levels with Ayurvedic herbs

Did you know that your breath could be an indicator of your glucose levels and that poor teeth and gum health could be a sign of type 2 diabetes?

Don’t ignore bad breath! 

This complication of type 2 diabetes is known as ketoacidosis and causes an acetone-like smell on the breath. If you detect this, make sure you get medical advice because your glucose levels could be dangerously high.

Raised blood sugar levels promote bacteria growth, which can lead to gingivitis (inflamed and infected gums) which, if not addressed, can spread to cause periodontitis. The latter causes an unpleasant odour and can erode away bone and even cause teeth to fall out.

If you have type 2 diabetes and develop bad breath, this could be a sign of poor glucose control. Improving glucose levels through diet, lifestyle and a herbal Ayurvedic medicine, such as CuraLin, or (if indicated) prescribed medication, can help. Dental treatment and hygiene are key too. Regular dental check-ups are important –especially when you have diabetes.  curalin_bottle

CuraLin is a natural blend of 10 Ayurvedic herbs, which have a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine to help balance glucose levels are suitable for people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or impaired glucose intolerance and is not taking any medication. The blend is also suitable for anyone who is managing type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle changes alone.

The herbs used to achieve this balance are Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Amla, Swertia Chirata, Gymnema Sylvestre, Turmeric, Syzygium Cumini, Picrorhiza Kurroa, Tinospora Cordifolia, and Melia Azadirachta.

For more about Ayurvedic medicine, pick up a copy of the October/November Holistic Scotland Magazine.



Link between diabetes and mouth cancer

New research has discovered that women who suffer from diabetes face a dramatically increased chance of developing mouth cancer.

The research published in Diabetologia found that women have a 13% higher chance of developing oral cancer if they suffer from diabetes.

Overall women faced a 27% increase of developing any form of cancer if they had diabetes, while men also faced a 19% increased risk according to the study.

With previous research showing close links between diabetes and the development of mouth cancer, as well as other forms of the disease, leading health charity the Oral Health Foundation, is calling on people to be aware of the close links between their oral health and their wider wellbeing.

CEO of the charity Dr Nigel Carter OBE, which campaigns tirelessly to raise awareness of mouth cancer, believes the research could help to identify individuals at risk of mouth cancer.

Dr Carter said: “This could be a very significant piece of research, and one that could help to save lives. Diabetes has previously been linked to poor oral health, but this new research shows a specific link to mouth cancer.

“This makes regular dental visits an absolute must. If your dentists know that you are diabetic, they will check your mouth accordingly. For many years we have known that diabetic patients are more likely to get gum disease and need extra dental care but this is yet another reason for regular checks.

“It is important, not just for diabetics but for everyone to be aware of what the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer are. Be alert to ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the head and neck area.  If you experience any of these visit your dentist immediately.

“More people lose their lives to mouth cancer every year in Britain than from cervical and testicular cancer combined. Without early detection, the five-year survival rate for mouth cancer is only 50% but if it is caught early, survival rates can dramatically improve to up to 90%, as well as the quality of life for survivors being significantly increased.

“Smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet and the human papillomavirus (HPV), often transmitted via oral sex, are all lifestyle choices that will increase the risk of developing the disease. As diabetes has now been shown to be another potential risk factor, amending your lifestyle to make sure you take yourself out of harm’s way makes it more important than ever to be mouth aware.”

In the UK, it is estimated that over four million live with diabetes, with many cases going undiagnosed. Type-2 diabetes, which is closely linked to lifestyle and diet, has been rapidly increasing in recent years and is now one of the world’s most common long-term health conditions.