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Does lack of sleep affect your immune system?

Does lack of sleep affect your immune system?

Yes: Any physical or emotional stress, if significant, can affect your immune system. This includes lack of sleep, anxiety, emotional distress, etc. If you are having difficulty sleeping, try 20-30 minutes of exercise a couple of hours before bed. Melatonin is also a safe otc supplement that helps some people adjust their day/night cycle. ...Read more

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Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Sleep and immunity: Sleep does play a big role with many systems in our body. It does not actually get weaker it is simply that if the body is tired, the defense systems within the body will not be as alert. ...Read more

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Can masturbation affect the immune system of our body?

Can masturbation affect the immune system of our body?

That's silly: Please forgive my frankness. The immune system is enormously complex, and anyone wishing to publish a junk paper can demonstrate that something impacts some immune cell in culture. Worthless remedies are promoted as "strengthening the immune system." and there is no empirical or theoretical evidence for thinking that enjoying your body will compromise your ability to fight infections. ...Read more

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How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

Hernia is a : Mechanical defect, so it should not affect immune system. If it involves organs, such as intestine, it will affect that organs function. ...Read more

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What system of the body does mairjuana affect and control?

All systems: All systems are eventually affected by thc as well as all other medications that are taken chronically. ...Read more

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How can a disease of the nervous system affect balance?

How can a disease of the nervous system affect balance?

ANATOMICAL: Diseases of brain and spinal cord cause symptoms based on anatomical location of damage. Since a substantial area for balance is located in the cerebellum and brainstem connections, disruption here can result in loss of balance. In alcohol/ nutritional problems, there may be midline cerebellar atrophy leading to gait and leg incoordination. Some cancers have toxins hurting cerebellar neurons. ...Read more

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How does caffeine affect the circulatory system?

How does caffeine affect the circulatory system?

Caffeine circulation: Great discussion at wikipedia. Ever heard of it? Give it a try. The effects are very complex and I have studied them. Cannot give adequate detail in 400 characters. ...Read more

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Does your mood affect your immune system?

Absolutely: More studies are coming in showing improved mood lead to stronger immune system. ...Read more

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How can poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

How can  poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

Atherosclerosis: This condition is caused by poor diet which is typically a diet with too much animal fat in it. It also occurs in obese people and in those who have diabetes once again due to over eating. Excessive fat(cholesterol) is deposited inside the arteries which leads to damaged vasculature , a set up for heart attack and or stroke due to blood clots forming inside the diseased arteries. ...Read more

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How does polio negatively affect the nervous system?

How does polio negatively affect the nervous system?

Damages motor neuron: Polio virus attacks and damages motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain stem, causing a loss of their function and paralysis of the muscles they were supposed to control. ...Read more

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How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Does fat affect your nervous system?

Does fat affect your nervous system?

Multiple ways: Since brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves have chemical structures dependent on cholesterol metabolism, important to recognize that fat is an essential component of nervous system function. That said, the wrong kinds of fat ingestion could create a risk for hardening of the arteries with potential heart attack and stroke risks. Discuss these issues with your doctor and learn about diet. ...Read more

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How does being overweight compromise the immune system and why?

How does being overweight compromise the immune system and why?

Theoretical,unproved: See the following abstract from the national institutes of health: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8281221 it's very technical-just pay attention to the first & last sentences. In summary: obesity may reversibly impair a certain type of white cell (lymphocytes) but clearly, considering that almost half the usa is obese, the effect is minor if it occurs at all. ...Read more

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How does exercise/fitness affect the immune system?

How does exercise/fitness affect the immune system?

Yes, yes, yes.: Trust me, yes. Now you're getting into a lot of the biology and science of the human body, detailed analysis of immunity and the immune system, the plasticity and flexibility of the brain--once thought to be set in its ways, the human mind (the brain is physical matter, the mind is much much deeper, and machine will never even approach the complexity of the mind (no matter what cousin ray says)! ...Read more

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What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Breathing: Asthma causes inflammation and spasm of the small to medium-sized air tubes. This will affect breathing and lead to symptoms such as: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, & chest tightness. ...Read more

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Does lack of sleep affect growth of a child?

Does lack of sleep affect growth of a child?

Yes: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more

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How does the respiratory system affect the cardiovascular system?

How does the respiratory system affect the cardiovascular system?

Directly: If you don't cary out gas exchange (o2--co2)in the lungs, then your blood ph will fall (acidosis), and the heart will experience arrhythmias, ultimately asystole and death. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

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