New warning about bleeding gums

I know it's probably the last place you want to go, but it turns out that a visit to your dentist's office might not just save your mouth.

It might save your life!

Like the old expression says, "A dentist gets to the root of the problem" -- and according to a Dutch study, your dentist may be your best buddy when it comes to identifying the first signs of type 2 diabetes.

And if you can catch diabetes in its earliest stages -- maybe even before you're diagnosed with prediabetes -- you can stop it in its tracks.

Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that dental patients with severe periodontitis -- that serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth -- may ALSO have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Using the common finger-stick test for blood glucose levels and American Diabetes Association guidelines, the researchers found they could identify new cases of diabetes just based on the severity of the volunteers' gum disease.

In fact, over 47 percent of the volunteers with severe periodontitis were pre-diabetic, and more than 23 percent of them had type 2 diabetes!

The volunteers with moderate periodontal disease did a little better: 46 percent of them were pre-diabetic, and 13.5 percent had type 2 diabetes.

The theory is that because diabetics tend to be more susceptible to infections and wounds that don't heal easily, those signs might manifest first in the mouth.

Now, it's true that a dental exam may become an easy way to detect diabetes. But you DON'T want your dentist to refer you to one of his mainstream colleagues who'll take the easy way out by putting you on metformin or some other blood sugar-lowering drug.

Don't let it get to that point.

I know you've been hit over the head with the importance of good oral care -- but it's only recently that we've realized that its importance goes way beyond your mouth.

In fact, what's going on with your teeth and gums turns out to be very closely linked to many other conditions -- including brain bleeds that can lead to stroke!

But to get at the root of the problem, you've got to look at what might be sabotaging your blood sugar control -- and the culprit is most often what you're putting INTO your mouth.

With every pound that you pile on, your risk of type 2 diabetes soars. So, to manage both your weight and your blood sugar, I recommend the Paleo Diet.

This "back to basics" approach to eating focuses on delicious animal protein, beans, nuts, and vegetables -- the kinds of foods our cavemen ancestors ate.

Just make sure you're brushing and flossing afterwards.