The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced recently that more Americans than ever have blood sugar issues.
More than half of American adults have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
It’s a full-blown epidemic.
Since the 1950s, the incidence of diabetes has soared by more than 900% in the U.S.
If you have blood sugar issues, your doctor has likely advised you that obesity causes diabetes and that you should lose weight.
But a Harvard University study has uncovered another, hidden cause behind the diabetes epidemic. It has nothing to do with obesity. And most doctors are completely unaware of it.
Researchers at Harvard evaluated 1,206 overweight middle-age people.
During the three-year study, just over 200 of the subjects developed diabetes.
The Surprising Diabetes Risk Factor
The scientists found that those who used commercial mouthwashes twice a day were 55% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not use mouthwash at all. Those who used mouthwash once a day increased their risk by 20%.
“The indiscriminate routine use of antibacterial mouthwash products may cause more harm than good,” said the study authors.
Dr. Kaumudi Joshipura is a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She led the study. Commercial mouthwashes labeled “antibacterial” often contain chemicals such as cetylpyridium that wipe out virtually all bacteria in your mouth, Dr. Joshipura said.
“Most of these antibacterial ingredients in mouthwash are not selective,” she said. “In other words, they do not target specific oral bacteria. Instead, these ingredients can act on a broad range of bacteria.”
When good bacteria in the mouth are killed, it has “a detrimental impact on diabetes control,” she added.
Beneficial mouth bacteria help produce nitric oxide. It is needed to regulate metabolism and insulin levels. This prevents type 2 diabetes, she explained.
Professor Joshipura’s study was published in the journal Nitric Oxide.
Safe and Natural Mouthwash
There is a natural antimicrobial mouthwash that kills bad-breath germs without destroying your good bacteria.
Coconut oil not only gives you fresher breath, but it kills streptococcus and candida bacteria. They both cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and inflammation. These nasty bugs can end up in your cardiovascular system and lead to life-threatening infections. Candida is even linked to cancer.
Using coconut oil in place of mouthwash is called “oil-pulling.” Simply swish a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil around your mouth for a few minutes. Then spit it out.
There’s an added bonus to using coconut oil. It whitens your teeth. Teeth stains are generally oil soluble. Daily swishing with coconut oil gradually eliminates stains.
Another alternative? Chemical-free mouthwashes.
They are often sold at health food stores and online. They usually contain peppermint oil, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, black walnut hulls, or dragon tree sap.
These are safe ingredients that give you the fresh breath you want…without the toxins that can sabotage your blood sugar level.
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