Sugar Linked to Disease Worsening in Mouse Models of MS and Crohn’s Disease
August 28, 2019
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that disease worsened in mouse models of MS and Crohn’s disease when mice were given sugary water, compared with mice given regular water. The experiments indicate that sugar triggered activation of the immune messenger protein TGF-beta, which in turn spurred on the production of immune cells known to promote inflammation. Blocking TGF-beta stopped production of the harmful cells.
Further studies are necessary to confirm these findings in the lab and in people, and to determine whether they can be translated into a dietary strategy
for helping to manage MS.
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Read the paper in Immunity
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