Our immune systems create cells and something called antibodies. The antibodies destroy harmful substances that enter our bodies. Over time, as with all human bodily functions, our immune systems change. Whether this is because of our habits, environment, our heritage or a combination of all, as we age, we will discover that our ability to fight off foreign or harmful substances will diminish. (Examples of foreign or harmful substances include but are not limited to the following: bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells and blood or tissue from another person.)
When our immune systems slow down, or with some diseases barely function if at all, we have an increased risk to get sick. Even preventatives like flu shots, pneumonia shots, etc., won’t work as well (if at all). If they do work, the period of time is shortened quite a degree.
For those individuals with an autoimmune disorder, the disease mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue thus eliminating any way to protect the body from other harmful substances. In the minor cases, if the immune system has slowed, healing will be slowed. In the case of an elder with autoimmune issues, there may not be any healthy cells left to heal the sick ones and the person could perish because of it.
Aging alone decreases the immune system’s ability to detect and correct cell defects. With the added bonus of an autoimmune disorder, the likelihood of diseases like cancer and pneumonia increase drastically and with little or no ability to fight can end in disaster!
Tomorrow we will take a look at ways to prevent immune system changes. In the meantime, keep showing your clients that you know that With Age Comes Respect.