Being diagnosed with a chronic disease is difficult for anyone. For those with Type 2 Diabetes it is no different. Fortunately with medical advances they are continuing to learn better ways to monitor and treat diabetes and its effect on our health. Research has uncovered links between gum disease and other parts of the body. For instance, periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, which makes a good case in addressing gum inflammation. More recently, researchers have discovered another potential benefit of keeping gum disease at bay. According to research, it has been found that treating periodontal disease in diabetics may lower their insulin levels. Researchers suggest that the connection is based on bacterial infections of the mouth that cause inflammation, which results in chemical changes that reduce the effectiveness of insulin produced in the body. As a consequence, diabetics find it more difficult to control their blood sugar.