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Periodontal Health Linked to Stroke Risk

Posted May 08 2013 10:09pm
Posted on May 8, 2013, 6 a.m. in Bone and Dental Stroke

To minimize stroke risk, keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Dachen Chu, from Taipei City Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues analyzed data collected in a retrospective study that spanned the years 2000 to 2010 and included 510,762 individuals with periodontal disease and 208,674 controls.  The researchers found that the amount of dental care and periodontal disease was significantly correlated to incident stroke risk.  Those subjects who had regular cleanings – as well as those who received treatment for periodontal disease – were at a significantly lower risk of stroke, as compared with controls.  The study authors conclude that: “Maintaining periodontal health by receiving dental prophylaxis and [periodontal disease] treatment can help reduce the incidence of ischemic stroke.”

Lee YL, Hu HY, Huang N, Hwang DK, Chou P, Chu D. “Dental prophylaxis and periodontal treatment are protective factors to ischemic stroke.”  Stroke. 2013 Apr;44(4):1026-30.

  
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Tip #160 - Brew Better Health
Certain studies suggest that coffee mitigates disease by reducing inflammation in blood vessels and supporting the normal function of the blood vessel lining. Coffee also is a rich source of antioxidants and magnesium, nutrients that are key in maintaining cardiovascular and circulatory health.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA) studied 20 years of data collected on 41,736 men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, and 86,214 women involved in the Nurses’ Health Study. The team found that in general, regular coffee consumption was linked to a slightly lower risk of death from any cause, and from cardiovascular disease in particular. Among women, those who drank at least 2 to 3 cups per day were one-quarter to one-third less likely to die of heart problems or stroke than women who did not drink coffee. For men, a protective effect was seen when drinking 4 to 5 cups daily.

A team from the University of Kuopio (Finland) completed a 21-year long study involving 1,409 men and women, ages 65 to 79 years old at the study’s concluding point. The researchers found that those study subjects who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day at midlife lowered their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by 65%, as compared to those who drank no or a little coffee.

Opt for drip brewed coffee – the kind that uses a paper filter. Coffee beans contain cafestol, a very potent dietary cholesterol-elevating compound. Whereas paper filters remove much of the cafestol during the drip brew process, French press coffee, Turkish and Scandinavian preparations, and espresso retain very high levels of cafestol.

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