Association Between Metabolic Syndrome and Periodontitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Department of Internal Medicine (M.R.), University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (Impact Factor: 6.21). 02/2013; 98(3). DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-3552
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Several epidemiological studies have reported an association between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and periodontal diseases (PDs). The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the existence and magnitude of this association.

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A systematic search of the literature was conducted looking for case-control, cross-sectional, cohort studies and population surveys including patients with measures of MetS and PD. Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS, and Cochrane library databases were used for the search by 2 independent reviewers. A meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the association for coexistence of MetS and PD.

A total of 20 studies were included in the review, from an initial search of 3486 titles. Only 1 study reported longitudinal data on the onset of MetS components in association with periodontal measures. However, several studies investigated coexistence. A random effects meta-analysis showed that the presence of MetS is associated with the presence of periodontitis in a total of 36 337 subjects (odds ratio = 1.71; 95% confidence interval = 1.42 to 2.03). When only studies with "secure" diagnoses were included (n = 16 405), the magnitude of association increased (odds ratio = 2.09; 95% confidence interval = 1.28 to 3.44). Moderate heterogeneity was detected (I(2) = 53.6%; P = .004).

This review presents clear evidence for an association between MetS and periodontitis. The direction of the association and factors influencing it should be investigated by longitudinal and treatment studies. Periodontal diagnostic procedures should be routinely carried out in MetS patients.

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    • "It has been well established that diabetes is an independent risk factor for periodontitis (Lalla et al. 2000). In addition, recent clinical studies have provided evidence that MetS is associated with an increased risk of periodontitis (Nibali et al. 2013). Furthermore, studies have linked obesity with periodontitis (Suvan et al. 2011; Krejci and Bissada 2013), suggesting that disorders of lipid metabolism, present in both MetS and obesity, may increase the risk of developing periodontitis. "
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    • "Interestingly, several meta-analyses have revealed that periodontitis is associated with obesity, diabetes type II, and metabolic syndrome [7–10]. Even though the underlying mechanisms for these associations are yet to be determined, it has been speculated that adipokines might represent an important pathomechanistic link between periodontitis and the aforementioned systemic diseases [11]. "
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    • "Many epidemiological studies have examined the relationship between oral health and different systemic conditions such as metabolic syndrome (21-23). At present, research focuses on the identification of possible mechanisms underlying this association, and on establishing whether the treatment of oral disease leads to improvement in the systemic disease markers (24,25). "
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