The lifestyle factors that help boost immune response as we age

Immunity in humans is comprised of two major reactions: “innate” immunity, which is our first line of defence to defeat pathogens introduced into the body; and “adaptive” immunity, which is our body’s learnt response to contain and combat certain infections. As we grow older, our bodies are less able to effectively carry out these immune responses.

In addition, an accumulation of aged immune cells can cause a number of associated health conditions. This prolonged, low-level inflammation is not conducive to being able to resist and defeat infections.

Yet a recent analysis of available research has identified a number of lifestyle factors which could help maintain the body’s immune responses, as the body ages. In particular, these are exercising sufficiently, sustaining a modest weight, and eating a Mediterranean diet.

Explore the findings of the research review at