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Certain types of oral bacteria may be linked with blood pressure in older women


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Journal of the American Heart Association
Reuters Health - 04/03/2022 - Older women with certain types of oral bacteria may be at increased risk for hypertension, a new study suggests. An analysis of data on oral bacteria and hypertension from more than 1,200 postmenopausal women revealed that 10 types of bacteria were associated with a 10% to 16% higher risk of developing high blood pressure. Meanwhile, five other bacterial species were associated with a 9% to 18% lower hypertension risk, researchers report in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "We're starting to have more and more evidence that oral health is related to overall systemic health, and blood pressure in this instance is an indication of that," said first author Dr. Michael LaMonte of the School of Public Health at the University of Buffalo, New York. "We all have a mixture of bacteria in our mouths at any given time, both above the gums, teeth and tongue and those that are below the gums." "In those with healthier mouths - ...


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