Stress Response, Immunity, and Aging
Stress helps drive the hyper-inflammatory immune response of aging, leading to further imparired function of the immune system to combat infection.
Study Title:Stress responses and innate immunity: aging as a contributory factor.
Evolutionary pressure has selected individuals with traits that allow them to survive to reproduction, without consideration of the consequences for the post-child rearing years and old age. In the 21st century, society is populated increasingly by the elderly and with the falling birth rate and improved health care this trend is set to continue for the foreseeable future. To minimize the potential burden on health services one would hope that ‘growing old gracefully’ should also mean ‘growing old healthily’. However, for too many the aging
Butcher SK, Lord JM. Stress responses and innate immunity: aging as a contributory factor. Aging Cell. 2004 August 3(4):151-60.
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