Poor diet causes long term irreversible damage to mice in study

A poor diet can change the ways our genes function, causing lifelong damage, according to a new study.
The research suggests even turning to a healthy diet will not be able to reverse damage done by poor eating habits.
Foods full of fat, sugar and salt have been found to alter the ways in which a mouse’s body works under experimental conditions, and found that those who were eating this way were unable to reverse their proneness to developing hardened arteries (atherosclerosis), even after turning back to a healthy diet, which is a major risk factor of heart attacks.
If this applies to humans, which it may not as the study only looked at mice, then it means it is all the more important to turn to a healthy diet as early as possible, to limit long term damage and conditions such as diabetes .
The study was published in the journal Leukocyte Biology, and the deputy editor of the journal, Dr John Wherry, said “The ability of nutritional history to have durable affects on immune cells demonstrated in this new report could have profound implications for treatment of diseases with immune underpinnings.”
Having a healthy diet and lifestyle has many benefits in the short term, as well as the long term. It can lead to being fitter and more physically able, and reduce the risks of heart disease later on in life.

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