We’re finding more and more connections between oral health and the overall health of the body, but this one is a little bizarre. New Research published online in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation suggests that chewing ability may be related to strength.
In the study, this was evaluated as handgrip strength. The researchers measured the ability of participants aged 67 to 74 years to chew varied, slightly hard or soft foods. They also measured handgrip strength and skeletal muscle mass (SMM). After adjusting for SMM and variables such as age, gender, weight, medical conditions, etc-, the researchers found that handgrip strength was significantly lower for the participants who had difficulty chewing anything but the soft foods. The researchers did not find any differences in SMM in relation to chewing ability.
This just points to another connection researchers and physicians can use to understand the relationship between oral health and the body.
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