Un­der pres­sure

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

IT’S enough to send your blood pres­sure ris­ing but a re­cent US study found that keep­ing that con­di­tion un­der con­trol by med­i­ca­tion is less ef­fec­tive if you have gum dis­ease and other un­healthy oral con­di­tions. We know from a study by re­searchers at the Ir­ish Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Study on Age­ing (TILDA) in Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin that 64% of our pop­u­la­tion aged over 50 have high blood pres­sure, a ma­jor risk fac­tor for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and the big­gest for stroke. The US re­search, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s jour­nal Hy­per­ten­sion, found those with health­ier gums re­sponded bet­ter to blood pres­sure-low­er­ing med­i­ca­tions, com­pared with in­di­vid­u­als with pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease — a con­di­tion marked by gum in­fec­tion, gum in­flam­ma­tion and tooth dam­age.

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