All in the Mind
People who are depressed or under psychological stress have weaker immune systems and a worse response to vaccinations, according to a study from the University of Nottingham.
This is likely to be due to high stress levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that regulates the immune system, says Kavita Vedhara, professor of health psychology at the university.
Meanwhile, another study found hip fracture patients with depressive symptoms tend to have a poorer immune function and recover more slowly, says psychologist Dr Anna Phillips from the University of Birmingham.
“Immune cells seem to be very sensitive to stress and go downhill if someone has had a sad experience such as berevement,” she says.
“If you’ve got support systems in place, it can improve the immune response.”
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