Exercise, Aging, and Immunity

Authored by: Jeffrey A. Woods , Brandt D. Pence , Stephen A. Martin , Marc D. Cook

Lifestyle Medicine

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9781439845424
eBook ISBN: 9781315099248
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Restoration of immunological function is important for the improvement of quality of life of the elderly as the aging population is rapidly increasing throughout the world. Potential strategies have included grafting of cells and tissues, dietary manipulation, antioxidant supplementation, thymic peptides, endocrine manipulation, and exercise [1]. To date, there have been no widely used strategies proven efficacious in restoring immune function in the aged. However, there is evidence that regular moderate cardiovascular exercise is related to overall improved immune function in the elderly [2].

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