26-Jul-2017
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Western diets of sugary, fatty foods could cause liver cancer

LONDON July 14: Western diets of sugary, fatty foods could cause liver cancer, new research suggests.
 
Mice that are fed a high-sugar, high-fat diet are more likely to develop liver tumors, a study found. 
 
When given antibiotics to treat their liver injury, mice fed a western diet do not respond to treatment, the study found.
 
Researchers believe western diets cause an increase in pro-inflammatory gut bacteria and reduce levels of species that dampen inflammation, which has a negative effect on the liver.  
 
Lead author Dr Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan from the University of California Davis Health, said: 'Gut and liver health are linked.
 
Because the liver receives 70 percent of its blood supply from the intestine, it is important to understand how the gut contributes to liver disease development.'