Close Close
Popular Financial Topics Discover relevant content from across the suite of ALM legal publications From the Industry More content from ThinkAdvisor and select sponsors Investment Advisor Issue Gallery Read digital editions of Investment Advisor Magazine Tax Facts Get clear, current, and reliable answers to pressing tax questions
Luminaries Awards

Life Health > Health Insurance > Life Insurance Strategies

Aetna: Investing In Gums Pays Off

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

Treating periodontal disease can hold down the overall cost of treating conditions such as diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease.

Researchers at Columbia University have reported that conclusion in a paper based on a study of 145,000 members of health plans provided by Aetna Inc., New York, who had continuous dental and medical coverage during a 2-year study period, Aetna says.

Treating gum disease at all helped down the cost of medical care for diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease, and treating gum disease early — during the first study year — actually cut the total cost of medical care for those conditions, according to Aetna.

The researchers reported their findings recently in Orlando, Fla., at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research.


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.