Diabetes is a very serious and common epidemic in the United States. It affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. That figure, combined with those who are pre-diabetic, puts the number at 100-million Americans living with the condition.
While diabetes is primarily related to blood sugar levels, it may comes as a surprise that it’s also closely connected to TMJ disorders.
Diabetes, Inflammation, and TMD
Diabetes is an inflammatory disease. If inflammation goes on too long, affecting all areas of the body, including the mouth, gums, and jaw. People with gum disease may find that uncontrolled diabetes can make their condition worse. In severe cases, this can lead to more bleeding, dental problems, and even tooth loss.
TMD also can become more severe in people with diabetes. This is because the inflammation can harm all the body’s joints, including the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The inflammation can cause more pain, swelling, and stiffness, which can become worse every time you eat, chew, talk, and move your jaw.
Eating Healthy for Diabetes and TMD
To further complicate things, diabetes management involves diet changes, and many healthy foods can be hard on the jaw. For example, healthy raw vegetables and fruits can take their toll on a sore jaw.
Keep these rules in mind when you’re planning your diet:
- Cook fruits and veggies instead of eating them raw— especially those that are crisp or crunchy. Many vegetables can be steamed or roasted for a delicious flavor without the harmful effects to your TMJ.
- Use your blender often. You can blend fresh fruits and vegetables to make a healthy smoothie that’s soothing to your jaw and anti-inflammatory. This helps tackle diabetes and TMD, and it’s easy and quick.
Diabetes is just one of the many conditions that can worsen TMD symptoms. Find out how we can help you restore the health of your jaw with a treatment plan that addresses underlying causes of TMD. Contact TMJ Therapy Sleep Solution today!