Immune Function Testing
The immune system is a natural defense mechanism in a person’s body. It guards us from invisible viruses and bacteria. If the immune system is compromised, there are several consequences that are of a serious nature.
A person’s immune system strength can become compromised with age. Older adults are more likely to succumb to infections such as flu and pneumonia than younger people. Cancer rates increase exponentially with age, partly because of less effective tumor surveillance from an aging immune system. Dysfunctional immune cells cause chronic inflammation which increases the likelihood of degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and dementia. This condition, called ‘immunosenescence,’ results from changes in the relative proportions and function of subsets of white blood cells, the thymus, and the bone marrow.
Age is not the sole culprit in reduced immune function. Exercise, stress, and nutritional status play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
Immune Function Testing is provided as an optional test as part of our PhysioAge Assessment.