Scientists came to this conclusion by analyzing the data of 1,206 overweight or obese adults aged 40-65-year-old. All participants were free of diabetes and major cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. In the study, participants were asked how often they used oral solutions. Overall, 43% of people said they were using oral solution at least once a day, while 22% said they used it at least twice a day.
At 3-year average attendance, the researchers recorded the progression of pre-diabetes and diabetes. In the final analysis, a total of 945 people were included. Compared to those who did not use oral solutions, those who reported using oral solution at least twice a day were 55% more likely to develop diabetes or pre-diabetes within 3 years.
There was no correlation between oral solution less than twice a day and the risk of pre-diabetes, or diabetes, the researchers said.
These findings were valid even after other possible factors for diabetes were considered, such as:
the use of medicines
fasting glucose levels
income and income
the educational level
Commenting on their findings, schientists warn:
“Frequent use of oral solution is associated with an increased risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes in this population.”
Diabetes: Oral solution can destroy “good” oral bacteria
Many oral solutions contain antibacterial compounds – such as chlorhexidine – that kill bacteria to help prevent gingivitis, tooth decay and other oral problems.
Scientists suspect that these compounds along with the “bad” destroy the “good” bacteria in the mouth. These are important for the formation of nitric oxide. It is a chemical compound that helps regulate insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.
Therefore, the destruction of this beneficial bacteria could contribute to the development of diabetes.
However, it is important to note that this study is purely observative. Patel and colleagues point out that further research is needed to determine whether a seemingly innocuous oral hygiene product is actually a risk factor for diabetes.