How poverty affects diet to shape the microbiota and chronic disease

Christy A. Harrison, Douglas Taren

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Here, we discuss the link between nutrition, non-communicable chronic diseases and socio-economic standing, with a special focus on the microbiota. We provide a theoretical framework and several lines of evidence from both animal and human studies that support the idea that income inequality is an underlying factor for the maladaptive changes seen in the microbiota in certain populations. We propose that this contributes to the health disparities that are seen between lower-income and higher-income populations in high-income countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-287
Number of pages9
JournalNature Reviews Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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