The low level of immunity seen in advanced age makes those people even more vulnerable to diseases. So what’s the reason for this? Here is the answer…
Hürriyet Writer Osman Müftüoğlu wrote about how the age of immunity can be rejuvenated and some important points that we should consider in terms of health.
Today’s column of writer Osman Müftüoğlu:
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the issue of immunity has been the number one item on our health agenda. The number two agenda item was the restrictions imposed on those over the age of 65. Prohibitions were always concentrated on them, and when there was any restriction, eyes were immediately turned to them. Actually, this was not a surprising development. Because the agenda items number one and two were already intertwined: As age progressed, immunity weakened, and the probability of contracting the disease and the probability of having it severely increased. So what was the cause of the age-related decline in immune strength? And one more question: Could this weakening be slowed down, lowered the immune age? For answers to these and similar questions, come here…
A FACT: WHY IS THE RISK HIGH FOR THE 65 YEARS OLD AND OVER?
There are two main reasons why people over the age of 65 are more likely to experience COVID-19. The first is that chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, COPD, heart failure…) are seen more frequently at these ages. As for the second reason… The second reason is just as important as the first: The aging of the immune system. In addition, the following information is very clear and unequivocal: As we get older, our immune system gets its share of wear and tear. It loses a lot of its power in youth and middle age. At this point, I have to share with you a pleasing information as we start a new week: It is possible to lower your immune age and have a younger immune system. How Does? Please read the box on the right carefully.
YOU ARE THE REMEDY WALK EVERY DAY
IF you want to reduce your immune age, protect and maintain your immune power in your 30s even in your 70s, in short, have a young and strong immune system, the most important investment you will make is walking. In a scientific study, it has been shown clearly and clearly that the immune cells of those who take 10,000 steps a day are almost as strong, active and resourceful as those in their 20s and 30s. The source of this information is Prof. Dr., the director of an important research center whose work I have been following with great care for a long time. Janet M. Lord.
THAT’S THE DRUG: 10 THOUSAND STEPS EVERY DAY
PROF. Janet M. Lord is the director of the Institute of Inflammation and Aging, one of the major research centers of the University of Birmingham (England). He is an important scientist who researches the health benefits and slowing effects of aging, especially vitamin D and exercise. She, like me, is obsessed with aging-related muscle wasting and chronic inflammation that accelerates aging. prof. Dr. Janet M. Lord says: “People who live their lives with constant and regular exercise have more T cells. And the thymus glands, where these cells receive military training, are shrinking more slowly.”
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU AGE?
I’ve written before, the immune system is an amazing organization. A magnificent orchestra that encompasses cells and tissue organs. The most important cellular elements of this orchestra are T and B LYMPHOCYTES. From these cells, you can think of “T”s as “our soldiers fighting hand-to-hand against germs”, and Bs as “our hardworking cells that produce our weapons and antibodies, ready for duty at any moment, whether they are soldiers or not”. We know very well that as we age, our T and B cells begin to decrease in number. Therefore, our ability to fight infections becomes insufficient after the age of 60. Well, isn’t there a solution, a medicine, a vaccine or something about this? Is it not possible for T and B cells to age, decrease in number, and keep the tissues and organs that produce them (bone marrow, thymus gland, lymph nodes, immune organization in the intestines) young and strong even at advanced ages? It’s possible! But there are some conditions. If you want, let’s move on to box number 2 at this point.
THE SUMMARY IS: MOVE!
IF you want to extend your immunity passport and have a younger immune system, first focus on how much and how often you move, not what you eat and drink. Increase the number of your steps, decrease the number of bites. The last sentence of today is Prof. Coming from Janet M. Lord: “Just move! The more you move, the more profit you make.”
IF YOU WANT TO REDUCE YOUR IMMUNITY AGE…
ADVICE 1: Walk every day. Don’t settle for less than 5,000 steps a day. Aim for 10,000 steps if possible. You don’t have to take all the steps at once. Spreading the exercise throughout the day will give the same result.
ADVICE 2: DO NOT Compromise Your Sleep . Aim for 6-8 hours of quality sleep. Let it be one of your essentials to go to bed early and wake up early. Lack of sleep and its poor quality rapidly age the immune system.
ADVICE 3: AIM TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS AND EXPAND YOUR CIRCLE OF PEACE. As stresses and anxieties increase and peace of mind decreases, the immune system ages faster.
ADVICE 4: EAT ADEQUATE, BALANCED AND VARIETY. Turn to plant-based foods, try to eliminate sugar from your life.
NOTE: If you notice, contrary to popular belief, the issue of nutrition is not the first, but the fourth determinant.