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Colgate-Palmolive Announces Collaboration With American Diabetes Association to Educate Americans About the Association Between Oral Health and Diabetes
Date:4/14/2008

NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Colgate-Palmolive Company has announced a multi-year educational collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This initiative demonstrates Colgate's commitment to improving oral health among Americans, including Americans with diabetes -- a population at increased risk for oral health problems. Colgate-Palmolive, maker of Colgate Total(R) toothpaste, has become a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association, supporting the development of the organization's new Oral Care activities.

There is an increased prevalence of gum disease among diabetics, leading some researchers to call serious gum disease, also known as periodontitis the "sixth complication of diabetes," adding it to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Emerging research has suggested that the relationship is two-way; not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontal disease, but the presence of gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.

"Colgate has long been on the forefront of educating dental professionals about the association between oral health problems and diabetes," said Dr. Foti Panagakos, Director of Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive. "We are proud to collaborate with the American Diabetes Association as they launch their new oral care activities, which will help educate medical professionals and diabetes patients about the association between oral health and diabetes, and the practical steps to help improve both oral and possibly overall health."

As a National Strategic Partner to the American Diabetes Association, Colgate will support elements of the American Diabetes Association's new oral care initiatives. Practical and focused information on oral health management for people with diabetes and their physicians will be featur
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