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How does aging affect the immune system?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Our immune system begins to fail in two fundamental ways as we age. It can become negligent, allowing abnormal cells -- either infectious agents or cancer cells -- to grow unchecked. Or it can become overzealous, turning on the body and attacking normal tissues, as occurs in autoimmune diseases. Many forms of arthritis, connective tissue diseases, and allergies are autoimmune diseases.
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