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Extensive Use of Mouthwash Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

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A protective bacteria, nitric oxide, is killed by mouthwash, according to researchers from Harvard University. Nitric oxide is helps regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels, both important factors in type 2 diabetes onset. The study involved 1,206 people, and of those who used mouthwash two or more times daily, such subjects were 55 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes over a three-year time span. Read more from the Nitric Oxide journal (December issue).