Dr Paul Mason reviews the evidence for dietary change in optimising immune health. The evidence that metabolic syndrome impairs the immune system is reviewed, and the role of dietary carbohydrate and vegetable oils discussed.
Dietary strategies to improve features of metabolic syndrome, including high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, dyslipiaemia and obesity are discussed. Evidence that high cholesterol levels may in fact be beneficial to immune function is also presented.
The lecture finishes by looking at the consequences in poor nutrition in ventilated patients.