Increased physical activity decreases periodontitis risk in men

Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
European Journal of Epidemiology (Impact Factor: 5.34). 02/2003; 18(9):891-8. DOI: 10.1023/A:1025622815579
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Increased physical activity improves insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, and may therefore affect incidence of periodontitis.
We studied the association of physical activity, walking and periodontitis in 39,461 male, US based, health professionals, 40-75 years old at baseline, more than half of whom were dentists, being followed up continuously since 1986. Participants were free of periodontitis, coronary heart disease and stroke at the start of follow-up. Physical activity and periodontitis were measured by validated questionnaires (expressed in metabolic equivalents--METs); the first report of professionally diagnosed periodontitis was considered a case.
Periodontitis risk decreased by 3% for every 10-MET increase in average physical activity after adjustment for age, smoking, diabetes, BMI, alcohol consumption and total calories (RR = 0.97; 95% CI: 0.95-0.99). The inverse trend remained significant in the categorical analysis. Compared to men in the lowest quintile of physical activity, those in the highest quintile had a 13% lower risk of periodontitis (RR = 0.87; 95% CI: 0.76-1.01, p-value, test for trend = 0.02). In a sub-sample of men with radiographs (n = 137) the physically active had less average bone loss (beta = -0.29, p-value = 0.03) after multivariate adjustment compared to those inactive.
In this large-scale prospective study, we found an inverse, linear association between sustained physical activity and periodontitis independent of known risk factors. The benefits of a physically active lifestyle may extend to periodontal health.

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    • "Clinical and epidemiological evidence reveals an association between chronic periodontitis and a number of systemic conditions, most notably diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) [8, 9]; these associations are likely to be mediated by common pathogenic pathways [10, 11]. There is also evidence from a number of cross-sectional studies for an association between periodontitis and obesity [12] and some suggestion of an inverse relationship between sustained physical activity and periodontitis [13], although there is a recognised need for prospective cohort studies to firmly establish the clinical and pathogenic associations between these conditions [8]. Thus, an ageing population making poor diet and lifestyle choices is increasing the healthcare burden of periodontitis worldwide. "
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    • "Thus, it has been proposed that the practice of Tai Chi could prevent and control chronic, degenerative diseases that occur with age [7, 8, 34, 35]. Additionally, it has been observed that the regular practice of physical exercise has been linked to a significantly lower frequency of periodontal disease in adult subjects [36–39]. "
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    • "ed as the main confounding factor for the observed association between CRF and periodontal dis - ease severity in the present study , because both variables showed a few interdependent associations . For example , several studies showed an independent association between low levels of physical activity and an increased frequency of periodontitis ( Merchant et al . 2003 , Al - Zahrani et al . 2005 , Bawadi et al . 2011 ) . Of importance is that improved oral hygiene , which someone might sug - gest be associated with increased physical activity , did not necessarily account for lower frequencies of periodontal disease ( Bawadi et al . 2011 ) . The link between physical activity and periodontitis is an "
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