Mar 6, 2013 12:23 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Too much salt could play a role in autoimmune diseases

A rise in autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis may be a result of too much salt in our diet.

Researchers at Yale University used mice to understand how salt and genes interact with the immune system. They found that mice fed a high-salt diet made more cells associated with an immune system attack on the body.

Those same mice were more likely to develop worse forms of Multiple Sclerosis. Genes already found to play a role in these diseases were responsible for the salt reaction.



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