By Mayo Clinic Staff November 10, 2018 | 12:57pm EST This week, Mayo Clinic researchers are looking at ways to help you better manage your immune function.
Their latest research shows that healthy immune systems can help you live longer and healthier lives.
The research is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It found that people who have a healthy immune system have a lower risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and that it can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and diabetes.
The immune system helps your body fight off viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.
“The immune system plays an important role in our overall health and well-being,” says Mayo Clinic Medical Director of Research, Dr. Mark H. Schmitt.
“A healthy immune response has been linked to lower risk for several chronic conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
In the latest study, researchers studied the immune system of people ages 18 to 65.
They measured immune activity using the blood test called a ELISA, which measures levels of antibodies, white blood cells, and other antibodies.
The researchers looked at how well people’s immune systems were working.
They compared the immune systems of people with and without chronic diseases.
They found that those with chronic diseases had a higher rate of inflammation, inflammation associated with chronic disease, inflammatory cells, white cells, lymphocytes, and T-cells.
That could be because they have chronic diseases that can lead to inflammation, the researchers found.
They also found that the immune response of people who had healthy immune functions was stronger than that of people without healthy immune function, the Mayo Clinic says.
“In a similar way, when we have a low-level inflammation, we can actually get a lot more T-cell activation,” Dr. Schimmitt says.
People with chronic illnesses, including cancer and stroke, had the highest risk of being diagnosed with autoimmune disease, a condition in which the immune function of the body changes, Dr and study co-author Dr. Peter G. Stancil, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mayo Cancer Center, said in a news release.
“These are some of the first studies that suggest that immune function and inflammation are important for the development of autoimmune disease,” Dr Stancill says.
When people with chronic health problems are healthy, their immune system works at a slower pace.
This can cause them to get more infections and less protection against disease.
“When you have chronic illness, the immune cells are not working at the speed it should,” Dr Schmitt says.
So, you can have a higher risk of getting a serious infection.
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that a lot of people are sick with these chronic conditions,” Dr Shmitt says, “but it seems like the immune process is the first step in the path of disease.”
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