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Medical News & Perspectives
January 9/16, 2008

Exercise May Boost Aging Immune System

JAMA. 2008;299(2):160-161. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.56-a

Boston—Aging brings with it a progressive decline in immune function that can lead to a variety of health issues. Among the various strategies being studied to offset abnormal immune function in the elderly is moderate exercise training.

“Exercise clearly has effects on immune functioning,” said Jeffrey Woods, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, nutritional science, and pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. “However, we still know very little about the details of how exercise affects the immune system of older adults.”