Posted: Jun 14, 2012 9:09 AM by NBC News
A Western-style diet may be triggering cases of irritable bowel disease in people genetically prone to the condition.
A new study in mice reveals concentrated milk fat, which is common in processed and confectionary foods, can trigger changes in gut bacteria.
This change produces harmful bacteria that causes the immune system to damage stomach tissue, and once the process starts, it is difficult to stop.
This only happened in mice that had a genetic risk for GI problems.
Researchers say they can use this information to counsel at-risk patients on their diet.
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