Could a westernized diet impact sepsis severity and mortality rates?


Researchers from Portland State University (OR, USA) have suggested that the risk of developing severe sepsis, as well as the risk of resulting mortality, are increased when eating a ‘Western’ diet; high in fats and sugar and low in fiber.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, compared the infection outcomes and immune responses from mice fed either a ‘Western’ diet or a balanced diet. Higher mortality rates, more severe sepsis and chronic inflammation were all seen in those fed a Westernized diet.

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