NY Yankees Alex Rodriguez reveals early stage disease

Alex Rodriguez
Michael Bennington
Wednesday May 31, 2023

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New York Yankees Former 3rd Baseman Alex Rodriguez reveals a troubling diagnosis

Alex Rodriguez has publicly disclosed that he is grappling with the early stages of periodontal disease.

“During a recent routine dental check-up, I was blindsided by a diagnosis of gum disease,” Rodriguez shared on CBS Mornings. “I was shocked to learn that I’m one of over 65 million Americans affected by this condition.”

Rodriguez underscored the importance of regular dental examinations in mitigating such issues.

As outlined by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Rodriguez’s gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an affliction of the tissues securing the teeth. Factors leading to the disease can include inadequate brushing and flossing habits. The NIH points out that 42.2 percent of Americans aged 30 years and older suffer from “total periodontitis.”

Alex Rodriguez has joined forces with health product pioneer OraPharma to raise awareness about oral health. He strongly advocates for individuals to prioritize dental hygiene and regularly consult with their dentists.

Rodriguez’s illustrious Major League Baseball career spanned 22 years, seeing him play for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the Yankees. He received the American League MVP title thrice and was named an All-Star fourteen times.

Over his career, the now 47-year-old player scored a whopping 696 home runs, ranking him fifth in baseball history. His 117.5 WAR places him 16th in the all-time records.

Alex Rodriguez in pinstripes
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Despite Rodriguez’s formidable track record, his past controversy with performance-enhancing drugs has kept him from securing a spot in the Hall of Fame. He received a year-long suspension in 2014 due to his role in the Biogenesis Scandal and tested positive for another prohibited substance in 2003.

In the 2023 Hall of Fame vote, Rodriguez garnered only 35.7 percent of the votes, falling considerably short of the required 75 percent for induction into Cooperstown.

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