Superfund Research Program

March 2023

Paper of the Month or Year

Dietary fiber may protect against metabolic and liver diseases related to perfluorooctoane sulfonate (PFOS) exposure, according to research by the University of Kentucky SRP Center.

PFOS exposure can increase the risk for cardiometabolic disorders such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Research shows that diets high in soluble fiber can decrease disease risk by attaching to cholesterol particles and removing them from the body.

According to the team, their findings suggest that mice fed soluble fiber were less susceptible to PFOS-induced metabolic outcomes, which may be useful for designing more effective intervention strategies to reduce disease risk in PFOS-exposed populations.

To learn more, see the NIEHS Environmental Factor newsletter.