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Jane’s Blog Gum Disease Increases the Risk of Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Jane’s Blog  Gum Disease Increases the Risk of Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

According to Cleveland Clinic some studies show that the type of bacteria that causes gum disease can move into the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. Studies have shown this elevates C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, in blood vessels that leads to an increase of heart disease. Studies have indicated people with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event. 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease (periodontal disease). Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the...

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Jane's Blog Eliminating Gout

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Jane's Blog Eliminating Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis. It happens when the body makes excess uric acid, a normal waste product. About two thirds of the uric acid in your blood is naturally made by your body. The rest is produced when your body breaks down substances called purines, which are found in many foods. High-purine foods include seafood, red meat, and alcohol. Normally, your kidneys get rid of uric acid. But if they can’t properly flush it out, the uric acid accumulates and forms crystals in your joints. These uric acid crystals, called monosodium urate cause irritation, inflammation and swelling. This is...

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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis, is an inflammatory disease affecting the large blood vessels of the scalp, neck and arms typically affecting women over the age of 50 and most often between the ages of 70 and 80.  It is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the blood vessels, including the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and the brain and is often associated with polymyalgia rheumatica. The lining of arteries becomes inflamed, causing them to swell. This swelling narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood and sometimes blockages....

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