What if daily use of mouthwash could increase the risk of diabetes? This is the amazing conclusion of a study published by US researchers *. Scientists followed for three years 945 people over 40 to 65 years old, overweight or obese and regular (or not) followers of this reflex of oral hygiene.
During the study, 17% of participants developed prediabetes (a condition where blood glucose is higher than normal, but not yet sufficient to establish the diagnosis) or diabetes. However, among those who used antiseptic solutions at least twice a day, the proportion rose to 30%. Even taking into account other risk factors (diet, taking medication ...), scientists estimate that the bi-daily use of mouthwash would be associated with a 55% increase in the risk of developing diabetes compared to to those who use them little or not.
These products, often used to prevent the development of caries, periodontal disease or to fight against bad breath (or halitosis), would attack all strains of bacteria ... including those that benefit us. For example, those that produce nitric oxide, a chemical messenger that helps regulate insulin levels in the body. QED.
Thorough tooth brushing, two to three times a day, and the use of interdental brushes are usually sufficient to ensure good oral hygiene. If you are a regular mouthwash, talk to your dentist at your next checkup?
* in the journal Nitric Oxide
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