Tooth loss in postmenopausal women linked to hypertension

Postmenopausal women experiencing tooth loss could be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure — a key risk factor for heart disease, warns a new study.

The study showed that such women had approximately 20 per cent higher risk of developing hypertension compared to other women.

“These findings suggest tooth loss may be an important factor in the development of hypertension,” said Jean Wactawski-Wende, Professor at the University at Buffalo in the US.

“Further research may help us to determine the underlying mechanisms by which these two common diseases are associated,” Wactawski-Wende added.

The reason could be because people may change their diets to softer and more processed foods as they loose teeth, which could be associated with higher risk of hypertension, the researchers noted………..

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