A new study warns that the most popular Western diet is damaging the gut and causing inflammation, leaving many people with common, chronic, and particularly painful bowel diseases. This disease is seen in the United States and other Western countries, emphasizing the need to reform the diet to protect public health.
A specific type of chronic condition, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), comes in several types, one of which is a relatively common disease called colitis. People with this condition develop inflammation of the lining of the colon, which causes stomach pain. In the case of ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic condition, one could face a high risk of cancer and other problems.
Diet driving disease
There are many potential causes of colitis, including everything from infections to autoimmune problems. According to a new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the typical causes of the West, a diet high in sugar is the cause of inflammation that damages the intestines and makes patients suffer persistent health problem.
One of the great mysteries behind inflammatory colitis is how the number of cases has skyrocketed, mainly in the Western world, over the past few decades ̵1; so much so that doctors say they even cases of colitis have been seen in previously uninfected children. with this condition.
The role of Sugar
The fact that colitis is so much more common in Western countries has researchers investigated the diet as a potential cause. These results are consistent with previous studies of high-sugar diets and their association with health problems: sugars, including sucrose, fructose and glucose, have been found to cause changes. gut bacteria and caused colitis symptoms that were particularly severe in predisposed rats.
In particular, changes in gut bacteria lead to a decrease in ‘good’ bacteria and an increase in ‘bad’ bacteria, which depletes the intestinal protective mucus layer. Thinning of this mucus layer has been noted in the large intestine, bringing the gut bacteria closer to the epithelium – a process that, when the layer is punctured, causes enteritis after IBD.
The researchers plan to explore whether a diet high in sugar can cause other chronic health problems associated with inflammation.