American Diabetes Association Announces Multi-Year Collaboration With Colgate-Palmolive

Alexandria,
April 24, 2008

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced that Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) has signed on to become a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association.  As a National Strategic Partner (NSP), Colgate will support ADA’s oral care activities which will seek to further the understanding of the connection between oral health and diabetes, and educate health care professionals, patients, and the public about the importance of good oral care for people with diabetes – as well as those at risk for developing diabetes.
 
As part of this relationship, Colgate has committed to support ADA’s education efforts on the oral health-diabetes connection through the development of educational resources and materials to improve the awareness and understanding of the oral/systemic health association.

“We are thrilled to have Colgate join forces with the American Diabetes Association to help deliver important information about diabetes and oral health,” said John Buse, MD, PhD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “There has been a growing body of evidence suggesting that infections in the mouth can affect overall health and lead to systemic diseases such as diabetes. While more research is needed to understand the causal association, we believe this collaboration will benefit our constituents because maintaining healthy teeth and gums is not only important to the health of the mouth, but also important to the body’s overall health as well.”

It is estimated that people with diabetes are 2 to 5 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than people without diabetes, probably because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. People who do not have their diabetes under control are especially at risk.

As a National Strategic Partner, Colgate will support the following elements of ADA’s oral care activities:

  •  “Ask the Dentist” On-Line Chat Series 
  •   ADA’s  Oral Hygiene Section of diabetes.org

    "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."

Working together, ADA and Colgate want to further the understanding of the connection between oral health and diabetes.  In addition to things consumers know they can do to help protect their overall health and help prevent diabetes – like lose weight, be physically active, eat right, keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and stop smoking - they can also take care of their mouths.  

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, a disease characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.  Another 54 million Americans are estimated to be at high risk for developing this disease.  Diabetes can lead to severely debilitating or fatal complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.  It is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S.

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)