USINg MouThWASh MAy TrIggEr dIAbETES rISk
NEW YORK: Most of us are in the habit of using mouthwash as a part of oral hygiene. But are you aware that your routine may spike the sugar level in your blood? People who use mouthwash at least twice daily are at approximately 55% higher risk of developing diabetes, when compared to less frequent users, found a new study.The study, published in the journal Nitric Oxide, stated that most mouthwash contain anti- bacterial ingredients, which could impact the production of oral microbes that may hamper the nitric oxide formation in the mouth. This might predispose to metabolic disorders, cause major shifts in blood pressure levels and lead to an increased risk of diabetes, at the same time. “Our aim was to evaluate the association between baseline overthe-counter mouthwash use and development of pre-diabetes/diabetes over a 3-year follow-up,” said Kaumudi J. Joshipura, researcher at Harvard University. The finding showed that mouthwash use lower than twice daily showed no association.