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Could changing your diet weeks before surgery help healing?

To surgeons, fat has long been the tissue that gets pulled out of the way to clear space for the delicate work of repairing a heart or removing a tumor. Now, a new mouse study provides evidence that fat is more than just bodily bubble wrap.

The work, led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, shows that a short-term switch to a low-fat diet can change the way fat responds to the trauma of surgery — and perhaps could reduce complications and speed recovery.

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