How does life-time stress impact the immune system?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 14, 2022

Do higher stress levels age the immune system? Researchers from UCLA and USC sought out to answer this question.

Study Summary

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.

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