Scientists Find link between Fast Food Consumption and Aggressive Immune System

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A new study published in Science Daily on January 11, 2018, reveals that Unhealthy eating habits when switched with healthy eating can cause severe health issues.

Scientists find that unhealthy eating habits cause some normally hidden pieces of DNA to unwind. This area of the genetic material can then be read much easier as long as this temporary unwrapping remains active. Scientists call these phenomena epigenetic changes. “The inflammasome triggers such epigenetic changes.

The immune system consequently reacts even to small stimuli with stronger inflammatory responses.” explains Dr. Latz, author of the study.

These inflammatory responses accelerate the development of vascular diseases or type 2 diabetes. In arteriosclerosis, it is observed that the typical vascular deposits, the plaques, consist largely of lipids and immune cells. The inflammatory reaction directly affects their growth, due to newly activated immune cells constantly migrating into the altered vessel walls. When the plaques grow too large, they can burst, leading to blood clotting and are carried away by the bloodstream and can clog vessels. Wrong nutrition can thus, have dramatic consequences.

“These findings therefore have important societal relevance,” explains Latz. “The foundations of a healthy diet need to become a much more prominent part of education than they are at present. Only in this way can we immunize children at an early stage against the temptations of the food industry. Children have a choice of what they eat every day. We should enable them to make conscious decisions regarding their dietary habits.”

Due to unhealthy eating habits, the incidence of diseases resulting from weakened immune system is increasing. This in turn, is increasing the demand for autoimmune diagnostic tools and drugs, as elaborated in Autoimmune Disease Diagnostics Market report published by Coherent Market Insights.


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