The high content of cholesterol in food may increase the likelihood of developing cancer, in some cases increasing the speed of tumours in a hundred times. To such conclusion experts of the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers conducted a series of experiments on laboratory animals, some of which have been genetically modified.
As reported sciencealert.com previously experts had evidence that excessive amount of cholesterol consumed in food may increase the likelihood of developing cancer. However, until now very little was known about what might explain such a relationship.
During the experiments, scientists fed mice food containing a lot of cholesterol, but also followed the genetically modified rodents that have increased the amount of cholesterol the body produces itself. In both cases, the stem cells of mice were divided faster than normal animals, eating well-balanced food. Because of this, in tissues that compose the gut, okazalos more and more that, as the authors of scientific work, and led to dangerous consequences.
Feature of stem cells is that they can become almost any cell in the body.
According to scientists, the results indicate that a person should not eat too much red meat and fatty dairy products. However, some cholesterol is necessary, because it participates in the formation of cell membranes and some of the necessary substances. For this reason, as explained by experts, this substance is produced by the liver.
The study was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.
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