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Just two days of high-sugar diet increases susceptibility to colitis and worsens symptoms in mice, U of A researchers find.
Short-term increases in sugar consumption could increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease and have a significant impact on our health, a new study out of the University of Alberta suggests.
In a study published in Scientific Reports, U of A researchers found that mice had an increased susceptibility to chemically induced colitis and more severe symptoms after only two days of a high-sugar diet compared with those eating a balanced diet.RELATED: Canadian children suffer highest rate of painful bowel diseases in the world
Karen Madsen, who specializes in diet and its effects on inflammatory bowel disease, said the results echo what many patients with colitis have been saying for a long time: small changes in their diet can make their symptoms flare up.
“It’s been previously shown that the type of diet that you are ...