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Vascular Health Sciences Medical Advisor Dr. Derrick DeSilva Explains Implications of New Study Related to Periodontitis and Nutrition


New study confirms that periodontitis may interfere with intake of important vitamins and minerals.

Edison, NJ (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

A new study seeking to discover the effect of periodontitis on nutrition intake has confirmed that the inflammatory disease, which limits the ability to chew food, does indeed affect the amount of vitamins and minerals the bodies of those with the disease are able to intake. Vascular Health Sciences Medical Advisor Dr. Derrick DeSilva explained the implications of the recent findings.

“We have always been told by our mothers and grand-mothers that we must chew our food,” said Dr. DeSilva. “The process of chewing also produces digestive enzymes that allow better absorption of not only the food but also the absorption of the nutrients in the food.”

Dr. DeSilva is a practicing Internist and Senior Attending Staff at Raritan Bay Medical Center and is on the teaching faculty at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey.

“The lesson here is not only making sure our patients chew their food but also that they have the ability to chew their food in the first place.”

For an abstract summary of the study, visit the Artery Health blog at For clinical research and data on the vital role of the glycocalyx in maintaining a healthy heart and arteries, visit

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