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Tooth loss in postmenopausal women linked to hypertension

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Postmenopausal women experiencing could be at higher risk of developing -- 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 compared to other women.

"These findings suggest may be an important factor in the development of hypertension," said Jean Wactawski-Wende, at the University at in the US.

"Further research may help us to determine the underlying mechanisms by which these two 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.

In addition, multiple studies have suggested an association between and with However, their relationship remains unclear.

For the study, published in of Hypertension, the team included 36,692 postmenopausal women.

Improved dental hygiene among those at risk for tooth loss as well as preventive measures such as closer blood pressure monitoring, dietary modification, physical activity, and weight loss may reduce the risk of hypertension, they suggested.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 15:02 IST