Periodontitis and diabetes mellitus (DM) are chronic diseases that require continuous management and are well known for their mutual relationship. The present study used the most recent Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (KNHANES V and VI) to determine the relationship between active periodontitis and DM in a Korean population. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed with confounding variables to estimate odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals. We enrolled a total of 14,662 participants, and among them, 4,819 participants were diagnosed with active periodontitis and 2,095 were diagnosed with DM. The risk for active periodontitis was 1.20 times higher in the presence of DM adjusted for demographic, socioeconomic and health-related factors, and comorbid disease and was statistically significant (
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is common chronic metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia due to insulin secretion or resistance and, can cause complication in many organs such as eyes and kidney . Recently, prevalence of DM is rising as 366 million people are presumed to have DM globally in 2013 and this number is predicted to rise up to 590 million by 2035 . Most common form of DM is type 2 DM (T2DM) which accounts for 90%–95% and caused by insulin resistance. Second most common form of DM is type 1 DM (T1DM) which accounts for 5%–10% of all DM and caused by β-cell destruction in pancreas . Due to this difference in pathogenic mechanism, T1DM and T2DM show different age of onset.
Periodontitis is chronic inflammatory disease, related to gingiva and destruction of alveolar bone with up to 90% of prevalence globally . According to 1999 American association of periodontology classification, there are 2 types of periodontitis which are chronic periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis progress slowly with plaque and calculus. In contrast, aggressive periodontitis shows rapid destruction of alveolar bone in relatively young patients .
Periodontitis has long been regarded as the sixth complication of DM, and diabetes is considered as a major risk factor for chronic periodontitis [6-8]. DM itself does not cause periodontitis, but promotes and accelerates peri-odontal damage, and blood glucose levels are considered to be important determinants in this relationship [9,10]. Recent studies have shown that there is a bi-directional relationship between the two conditions, which has a negative effect on each other .
Periodontitis and DM are chronic diseases which need continuous management. Current study investigates relationship between active periodontitis and DM in Korean population, based on most recent Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (KNHANES V and VI), which were collected by the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and released in 2017.
This study is based on nationally representative population-based survey data acquired from KNHANES V and VI, which was implemented periodically at the Ministry of Health and Welfare and KCDC from 2000 to 2015 . It included four different components: a health interview, a health behavior interview, a nutrition survey, and a health and oral examination. Investigators conducted face-to-face interview with each participant and all collected data were anonymized to protect the identity of individuals before analysis.
This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the KCDC (IRB no. 2010-02CON-21-C, 2011-02CON-06-C, 2012-01EXP-01-2C, 2013-07CON-03-4C, and 2013-12EXP-03-5C). KNHANES VI (2015) was conducted without consideration by the IRB in accordance with government legislation for public welfare under the Bioethics Act (Act no. 2-1). All enrolled participants pro-vided written informed consent in accordance with the IRB guidelines. In addition, this study was written according to the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) guideline for reporting retrospective and cohort studies (www.strobe-statement.org).
DM in adults aged ≥20 years was defined as follows: (1) fasting plasma glucose level of ≥126 mg/dL or self-reported diagnosed DM by a medical doctor, or (3) self-reported receiving DM treatment with the current use of insulin and/or hypoglycemic agents. Based on these three different measures for DM, all participants were classified as diabetic and non-diabetic condition.
The World Health Organization community periodontal index (CPI) was used to classify participants as periodontally compromised or periodontally healthy condition. Peri-odontitis was defined as a CPI value of >3, indicating that ≥1 site had a probing pocket ≥3.5 mm in the index teeth (including upper right and lower left central incisors, and eight molars). All participants in the oral examination and interview were assessed using the CPI periodontal probe and mouth mirror. Active periodontitis was assessed on the basis of CPI and limited to participants where the general public health dentists determined that periodontal treatment was indispensable.
The following potential confounding sociodemo-graphic factors, life-style related factors, and comorbid disease were collected and assessed from the KNHANES 2010–2015 database: (1) age (three groups: those aged 20–39 years [young], 40–59 years [middle-aged] and ≥60 [old age], (2) sex (two groups), (3) household income (four quartiles), (4) residence area (two groups: urban [≥40,000 residents] and rural [<40,000 residents]), (5) marital status, (6) education level (four groups: ≤elementary school, middle school, high school, and ≥college), (7) smoking status (two groups: non-smoker including former smoker and current smoker), (8) alcohol intake (four groups: none, 1–4 times/month, 2–3 times/week, and ≥4 times/week), (9) body mass index (BMI; three groups: underweight [<18.5 kg/m2], normal [18.5–25 kg/m2], and obese [≥25 kg/m2]), and (10) comorbid disease (including hyperlipidemia, stroke, angina pectoris [AP] and myocardial infarction [MI], and rheumatoid arthritis, which were self-reported diagnosed DM by a medical doctor).
Descriptive statistics were reported for demographic, socioeconomic (household income, residence area, marital status, and education level) and health-related (smoking status, alcohol intake, and BMI) factors, and comorbid disease (hyperlipidemia, stroke, AP and MI, and rheumatoid arthritis) as mean±standard deviation or by frequency percentages (%). KNHANES was conducted with complex sampling analysis by weighting individual factors for minimized bias. To determine the association between DM and active periodontitis, especially, by age differences, multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed with confounding variables. From model 1 to model 3, demographic, socioeconomic and health-related factors, and comorbid disease were sequentially entered in the model. The odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval were calculated, and
According to the STROBE recommendations for observational studies, the baseline characteristics of the study participants are presented in Fig. 1 and Table 1. Among the 73,353 Korean adults who were originally included, 14,662 (20.0%) participants were finally recruited, comprising 8,432 males (57.5%) and 6,230 females (42.5%). As a result of examining the periodontal status of the participants, 4,819 (32.9%) were diagnosed with active periodontitis and 2,095 (14.3%) of the study participants had DM. Those aged 40–59 years (n=5,620) accounted for 38.3% of the surveyed participants, while 3,745 (25.5%) were had household incomes in the second quartile, 11,865 (80.9%) lived in urban areas, 12,609 (86.0%) were married, 4,916 (33.5%) attended high school, 11,978 (81.7%) were non-smokers, 7,169 (48.9%) consumed alcohol once or fourth a month, and 9,173 (62.6%) had normal BMI. Among the participants, 2,368 (16.2%) had hyperlipidemia, 406 (2.8%) had experienced a stroke, 464 (3.2%) had AP or experienced MI, and 286 (2.0%) had rheumatoid arthritis.
Flow chart of the inclusion and exclusion of participants. KNHANES, Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.
Among active periodontitis patients with DM, 290 (28.8%) had household incomes in the second quartile, 752 (74.8%) lived in urban areas, 986 (98.0%) were married, 489 (48.6%) 531 (52.8%) had normal BMI, 382 (38.0%) had hyperlipid-emia, 91 (9.0%) had experienced a stroke, 97 (9.6%) had AP or experienced MI, and 30 (3.0%) had rheumatoid arthritis (Table 2).
The risk for active periodontitis with DM was analyzed by logistic regression analysis (Table 3). In model 1, the effect of DM on active periodontitis was analyzed using multivariate analysis after adjusting for sex and age, the risk for active perioidontitis was 1.28 times higher in the presence of DM, which was statistically significant (
Chronic periodontitis and DM have close relationship, especially in DM patient with uncontrolled hyperglycemia . In uncontrolled DM patient, periodontitis is more severe in its prevalence and severity . Likewise, periodontitis also affects DM as periodontitis itself can worsen glycemic control of DM patient . Mechanism of this interrelations between periodontitis and DM is still not fully understood, but the receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB (RANK)/RANK ligand/osteoprotegerin axis, receptor for advanced glycation end products pathway and oxidative stress mechanism are reported to be related in recent research .
DM is a very frequent metabolic disorder characterized by the presence of chronic hyperglycemia because of low levels of both insulin secretion and its action . T1DM is a type of juvenile diabetes that accounts for more than 85% of all diabetes patients under 20 years of age, accounting for 5%–10% of the world’s DM population. T2DM accounts for 90% of diabetes cases worldwide . If patient shows HbA1C level above 6.5%, fasting plasma glucose level above 125 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L), 2-hour plasma glucose level above 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L), or random plasma glucose level above 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) with classic symptoms of hyperglycemia or hyperglycemic crisis, patient can be diagnosed as DM and DM can be classified as T1DM, T2DM, gestational diabetes, DM caused by other diseases, drugs or factors [1,3].
Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have shown that the risk of periodontitis in DM patients is about 3–4 times higher than in non-DM patients . Periodontitis was found in 57.9% of T1DM patients and 15.0% in non-DM patients . In another study of periodontal status in children and adolescents with T1DM, prevalence of gingivitis and periodontitis was 20.8% and 5.9%, respectively . T2DM patients were more at risk for serious forms of peri-odontitis more than non-DM . The OR of T1DM patients with attachment loss was 3.84 compared to non-DM patients . In addition, more than 25% of T1DM patients with poor metabolic control showed areas with clinical attachment loss >5 mm, but only 10% of patients with good metabolic control showed . T2DM patients were also significantly more likely to have clinical attachment loss of >3 mm as well as 5 mm .
DM affects bone metabolism and decreases bone mineral density . DM also significantly affects osteoblasts and reduces the number of osteogenic cells . On the other hand, the production of osteoclasts increases. In patients with T1DM or T2DM, poor glycemic control results in in-creased bone resorption and increased bone loss . DM patients had significantly higher gum bleeding depending on the level of glycemic control than well-controlled DM or non-DM patients . In adults with T2DM, gingival inflammation was more frequent than in non-DM patients and the highest level of inflammation was seen in patients with poor glycemic control .
In a multivariate logistics regression analysis, patients with DM showed OR of 1.28, 1.18, and 1.20 respectively after adjusted with each model in this multivariate logistics analysis (Model 1, 2, and 3 described in Table 3). We found that odd ratio of active periodontitis was significantly higher in DM patients even after adjusting the other contributing factors of periodontitis.
We have used the most recent KNHANES database to find a relation between active periodontitis and DM after adjusting several factors. Active periodontitis and DM showed constant relation in all model of multivariate logistics regression analysis. DM also showed statistically significant relation between sex, age, house hold income, education level, alcohol intake, obesity and comorbid diseases in model 3. These results can be helpful for making health care policy for DM patients and active periodontitis patients since they are closely related.
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No.2019R1A2C1083978).
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.