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According to new research gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes.

People are twice as likely to suffer from a non-fatal stroke as a result of gum disease compared to diabetes.

Until recently high blood pressure and diabetes were widely accepted as major risks contributing to non-fatal stroke.

The research puts the impact of gum disease on the same level as high blood pressure as an independent risk factor associated to non-fatal stroke.

Source: Dental Tribune UK Edition April 18 – 24 2011

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