Special Issue "Bidirectional Associations between Oral Conditions, Glucose Abnormalities and Potential Nutrition-Related Mediators"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Kaumudi J. Joshipura
Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: epidemiology; health promotion; non-communicable disease; nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Periodontitis is one of the potential complications of diabetes. Conversely, periodontitis could lead to tooth loss, which in turn could detrimentally impact dietary intake and lead to chronic disease like diabetes. Potential mediators include dietary and nutritional factors, dyslipidemia, markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, and advanced glycation end-products. Other components of oral health such as the microbiome may also play an important role in both disease and in its associations, and very few studies have evaluated “omics” in this context.

Numerous studies have shown associations between periodontitis and diabetes, but the majority are cross-sectional, which limits causal interpretation. In addition to diabetes, several glucose abnormalities such as insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and pre-diabetes have been evaluated in a few studies in this context, and findings are inconsistent. Longitudinal studies relating periodontitis and glucose abnormalities show inconsistent results in both directions. The causal interpretations of these associations are further complicated by numerous common risk factors that may confound the associations. More research is needed to better understand these associations, the reasons for inconsistencies, causal interpretation, and understanding pathways for these associations. This Special Issue welcomes original manuscripts and review articles that provide insight or new data to better understand these associations. 

Prof. Dr. Kaumudi J. Joshipura
Guest Editor

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  • diabetes
  • glucose abnormalities
  • oral health
  • periodontitis
  • nutrition

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