Inflammation Contributes to Weight Gain
Inflammation is a big piece of this complex interaction between obesity, diabetes, and oral health. Inflammatory proteins are important signals in your body’s immune response, so when you have a chronic infection like gum disease, your body is releasing a lot more inflammatory compounds. These inflammatory proteins interfere with some of the important hormones–such as leptin–that help our body regulate energy use and weight loss. Inflammation can also contribute to chronic fatigue, making it harder to start or maintain a good exercise routine.
So inflammation today is associated with future weight gain. But here’s where things get especially bad: fat cells also release inflammatory proteins. So not only does having fat make it more likely that you’ll gain weight, it can ramp up your body’s immune response to oral bacteria, which just makes the situation worse.