Do higher stress levels age the immune system? Researchers from UCLA and USC sought out to answer this question.
The study, which included 5,744 adults (50+ years of age), found that:
- Those with higher levels of life-time stress had a less efficient, 'aged' immune system.
- Those with higher stress tended to eat poorly and exercise less.
- Poor diet, inactivity and high life-time stress all contribute to accelerated immune aging.
The Hearty Take
At Hearty, we believe that individuals may be able to offset stress-associated immune aging, with a healthy lifestyle. Since immune aging may increase the risk for cancer, heart disease, viral infection and more, being proactive is a priority! Stay active, emphasize stress-reduction and prioritize a healthy diet. If you need help introducing behavior change, reach out to your health coach.