From The Mayo Clinic. Thomas J. Salinas, D.D.S.
Many studies have shown a connection between gum disease (periodontitis) and other serious conditions, including heart disease. Research suggests that periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and that people with chronic gum disease have increased thickness of their neck blood vessels. There is also a strong correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and evidence that people with diabetes benefit from professional teeth cleanings. Read more…
Self chec Wants You to Know Your Possible Risk Factors for Getting Certain Cancers and Other Chronic Diseases
Anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a disease like cancer or heart disease is called a risk factor. Some risk factors can be avoided like smoking or exposing your skin to strong sunlight. Others, such as certain traits we inherited from our relatives, are unavoidable. It’s important for you to know that having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will be diagnosed with a chronic disease.
Your Disease Risk is an interactive tool created to help you decrease your odds of getting sick by asking you questions about your health, lifestyle and personal background. You can link from this page to Your Disease Risk at the Siteman Cancer Center site by clicking on the image below:
By using YOUR DISEASE RISK CALCULATOR completing the (PDF) templates on YOUR FAMILY TREE page and filling out YOUR PERSONAL CHECK LIST— for him and for her, you can help your healthcare professional talk to you about chronic disease prevention, regular checkups and special screening tests you may need. Please return to Self chec by closing the Disease Risk window.