Western diet depletes artery-protecting immune cells – “People think atherosclerosis is about cholesterol, diet, and exercise, but it’s an immune disease… The blockage of arteries is due to the immune system reacting to excess cholesterol and lipids in the walls of blood vessels.” says Dr. Gaddis

New research from scientists at the La Jolla Institute For Allergy and Immunology shows how a diet high in fat and cholesterol depletes the ranks of artery-protecting immune cells, turning them into promoters of inflammation, which exacerbate atherosclerotic plaque buildup that occurs in cardiovascular disease. The team has also found that high density lipoproteins (HDL)?more commonly known as "good cholesterol"?counteract this process, helping the protective immune cells maintain their identity and keep arteries clear.


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