By: PTI | Berlin |
Published: January 14, 2018 7:23 pm


The unhealthy high-fat and high-calorie diet led to an unexpected increase in the number of certain immune cells in the blood, researchers found. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Junk food can make the body’s defences more aggressive in the long term, according to a study which found that the immune system reacts similarly to a high-fat and high-calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation toward innate immune stimulation is more pronounced. These long-term changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes, diseases linked to Western diet consumption, researchers said.

Scientists from University of Bonn in Germany placed mice for a month on a so-called “Western diet”: high in fat, high in…

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