Diabetes

Study: Heavy mouthwash use linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes

Could obsessing over fresh breath lead to needing insulin shots?

A new study out of Harvard University makes a baffling connection between mouthwash and type 2 diabetes.

While mouthwash kills off the bacteria that create bad breath and cause cavities, they can also smother good bacteria. One of the good bacteria mouthwash can kill is nitric oxide, which is important for regulating the metabolism and blood sugar levels – a major factor in diabetes.

Of the 1,206 people who participated in the study, the researchers found those who used mouthwash two or more times…