Clostridioides difficile infection flourishes with a high-protein, high-fat diet

Mice fed a high-fat, high-protein diet were more likely to develop and die from antibiotic-driven Clostridioides difficile infections than mice fed a standard diet. In the same study, a high-carbohydrate diet was protective against severe C. difficile infection — but the researchers suspect that such a diet could produce healthy, asymptomatic carriers that can spread the pathogen.

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