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Colgate-Palmolive Co. said yesterday it has agreed to a multi-year educational collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), as Colgate works to improve oral health among Americans, including Americans with diabetes -- a population at increased risk for oral health problems.
Colgate-Palmolive, maker of Colgate Total toothpaste, has become a national strategic partner of the ADA, supporting the development of the organization's new oral care activities.
There is an increased prevalence of gum disease among diabetics, leading some researchers to call serious gum disease, also known as periodontitis, the "sixth complication of diabetes," adding it to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, Colgate said.
Emerging research has suggested that the relationship is two-way; not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontal disease, but the presence of gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Colgate will support elements of the ADA's oral care initiatives, including information on oral health management for people with diabetes and their physicians to be featured in a new oral care section of the ADA's Web site.
To further advance physician education, the American Diabetes Association and the American Dental Association will conduct a joint symposium, supported by Colgate through an unrestricted educational grant, for healthcare professionals focused on diabetes and periodontal disease at the 2008 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions.