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Immune System and diet, possible link to Type 1 diabetes | November 2, 2009

Professor Charles Mackay, working at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, identified how fibre in the diet plays a major role in ensuring a person’s immune cells function properly.

His research, published in the prestigious journal Nature, also signals the shift of what had been a fringe concept into the scientific mainstream.

“This potentially explains all the previous data that no one had taken that seriously,” Prof Mackay told AAP.

“I think it’s fair to say the broader immunological research community has never really believed that diet affects immune responses.

“This does provide a direct link for the way immune cells work with the sort of things we eat.”

A lack of dietary fibre could also be behind the rise in type 1 diabetes, Prof Mackay said.

The research suggests that having a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds would reduce a person’s risk of autoimmune disease.

Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre Diet And The Immune System.

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