The sad weekend: A perilous North American tradition

Academic Article


  • © 2020 The Authors Obesity is a global concern and affects millions of Americans who consume poor-quality diets. Diets directly affect the gut microbiota, which can have subsequent effects on inflammation and contribute to other chronic states. Previously we have shown that a Standard American Diet (SAD) increased immune cell activation and prolonged recovery and that a beneficial diet could reduce these negative effects. Here, male and female mice were given access to regular chow (REG), SAD, our Anti-Inflammatory Diet (AID) or a combination of SAD and AID. This latter group was modeled on the commonplace dietary pattern of healthy eating during the week (AID: Monday-Friday) and relaxed eating patterns on the weekend (SAD: Saturday-Sunday). After 14 weeks of diet consumption and an inflammatory injury, we found that the SAD prolonged and the AID promoted recovery. However, recovery was significantly delayed in those mice consuming the AID-SAD, regardless of weekly healthy diet access. In addition, fecal samples taken during the study revealed dramatic differences in microbial community composition, relative abundance of abundant bacterial phyla and alpha diversity. These data confirm the impact of diet on gut microbiota and suggest a relation between abundance of specific bacterial taxa and susceptibility to prolonged recovery from injury.
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  • Totsch SK; Kemp KM; Lopez SA; Quinn TL; Meir RY; Gower BA; Sorge RE
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  • 8