West Virginia has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the US. Management of diabetes involves addressing multiple factors which impact control of diabetes, which includes improving nutrition, incorporating exercise into daily activity, and eliminating smoking. Over the past 25 years, a substantial body of evidence has been collected demonstrating the strong association of poor oral health, specifically periodontal disease, with the clinical development of diabetes and its effects on the ability for a patient with diabetes to manage the disease. This symposium will provide the participant an update on the association of periodontal disease with diabetes. The speakers will also expand upon the medical management of diabetes and the impact improved oral health can have on this management. Finally, this program will emphasize the need for intensive interprofessional management of these patients, requiring dental and medical health professionals to work closely and cooperatively in order to achieve the best clinical outcomes for these patients.

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