According to new research, high salt diets could be behind rising rates of some autoimmune diseases.

FOX's Colleen Cappon reports in today's "Housecall for Health":

New research suggests too much salt may trigger autoimmune diseases.

Researchers from Yale University found that in mice, high salt diets increased levels of a type of immune cell linked with autoimmune diseases like MS and type 1 diabetes.

They believe the link could also exist in humans and adds to previous studies that show a combination of genes and risk factors like smoking contribute to increasing rates of the type of disease.

Housecall for Health, I'm Colleen Cappon, FOX News Radio.