Sepsis Worsens With Western-style Diet

by Rathi Manohar on  October 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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High fat diets result in a severe overreaction of the immune system to sepsis, discloses an experimental study done on mice.

The study has shown that a diet high in saturated fat, sugars and cholesterol greatly exaggerates the inflammatory response to sepsis.
Sepsis Worsens With Western-style Diet
Sepsis Worsens With Western-style Diet
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"Mortality due to sepsis in morbidly obese subjects is estimated to be 7 times more prevalent compared to mortality in lean individuals. Morbidity in obese patients is also more severe," said Chantal Rivera of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport.

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"Results from our recent studies suggest that this adverse outcome may be caused by consuming a high-fat diet, which predisposes the immune system to react more strongly to infection," he said.

Rivera lead a team of researchers to carry out the surgical induction of sepsis in mice that had been fed normal chow or western diet for 3 weeks.

Mice on the western diet, which was enriched in saturated fat, showed exacerbated inflammation that was found to be mediated by signalling via the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4) pathway.

"These results suggest that targeting the TLR signaling pathway as a therapeutic approach to the medical management of sepsis may be especially beneficial in obese patients," said Rivera.

The findings were published in the journal BMC Physiology.

Source: ANI
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