New research suggests that you can reduce the risk of developing severe and debilitating gut infections, including C. difficile, by getting a healthy diet.
Dr. Robert Schatzberg, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a study in which they analyzed data from more than 5,000 patients who had been hospitalized for C.difficile infections.
They found that a healthy, regular diet was associated with a reduced risk of infection by 90 percent.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and is the first to use the Foodborne Pathogens Surveillance System (FPPS) to track the risk for C and D. This is a major step forward in understanding how C difficiles, or C diffs, are transmitted and what role they play in health and disease.
Schatzberg’s team also looked at the effect of eating a varied diet on people who have been hospitalized with C.
While the group eating the most varied foods had a reduced infection rate, it was also the group that was the most likely to have a history of a severe illness.
The researchers found that people with a history had a greater risk of getting C diff, and a high-risk group had a higher risk of C diff.
C. diff can cause severe and prolonged illness and sometimes death, as well as long-term damage to the intestinal lining.
Difficile is also known as the ‘pneumonic form of C.’
It’s an airborne, bacterial disease that can cause pneumonia, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 500,000 Americans are infected with C diff at any given time.
Symptoms of C.