A research by Japanese scientists showed that the risk of periodontal disease in obese men is around half that of average citizens. Japan's Asahi Shimbun announced that a study team headed by Professor Yoshida Yukie and Imagi Masahide of Osaka Prefectural University of Nursing conducted a survey of 1,470 men aged 20 to 59 in Osaka Prefecture.
According to the internationally accepted body mass index standards, these people who participated in the survey were divided into three categories: obese, normal weight, and underweight.
The findings revealed that the percentage of obese individuals suffering from periodontal disease was 16.75 percent and that of average people was 11.52 percent. If considerations such as age and smoking habits are taken into account, the percentage of obese males suffering from periodontal disorder is 49 percent higher than that of average males.
Periodontal disease is a common oral disease that people often suffer from. The general symptoms are swelling or shrinking of the gums, and the gums are prone to bleeding. In addition, the impact of periodontal disease on health is not just the oral cavity. A study in the United States also shows that patients suffering from periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.