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Doctor insights on: How Does Protein Deficiency Affect The Immune System

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How would t-helper cell deficiency affect a person's immune system?

How would t-helper cell deficiency affect a person's immune system?

Increased infection: A person with t-helper cell deficiency would see an increase in frequency of infections, mainly viral infections and opportunistic infections. ...Read more

Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more


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What types of doctors treat immune system deficiencies?

What types of doctors treat immune system deficiencies?

Immunologists: Immunologists are the primary doctors to treat immunodeficiencies. Most of these doctors are also allergists. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have immune system deficiency?

How do I know if I have immune system deficiency?

Immune deficiency: Usually, a person with an immune system deficiency suffers from an abnormal number or infections. To rule out CVID, an adult immunodeficiency requiring IV IG treatment, you need to see an immunologist who will test your reaction to vaccines like the Pneumovax or Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) among other parameters. Please ask your usual physician for a referral to an immunologist after ruling out other causes. ...Read more

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How CRP (c-reactive protein) can be marker of the immune system?

How CRP (c-reactive protein) can be marker of the immune system?

Marker of: Inflammation.
Elevated CRP is an indicator of inflammation, including that due to infections. It is one of the acute phase reactants. It helps in clearing some of the microbes.
High sensitivity CRP test is used to assess risk of cardiac disease. ...Read more

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During post strep glomerulonephritis, since there is loss of protein and blood, won't it weaken immune system of body and also affect tissue repair?

During post strep glomerulonephritis, since there is loss of protein and blood, won't it weaken immune system of body and also affect tissue repair?

Not enough protein: While you lost some protein in your urine with glomerulonephritis, you don't lose enough to lower immune function and affect tissue repair o a substantial degree. ...Read more

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Are heat shock proteins part of the nervous, endocrine, or immune system?

Are heat shock proteins part of the nervous, endocrine, or immune system?

All: Hello Edward, Heat Schock Proteins could be viewed as being a part of all these systems. These proteins are primarily upregulated in response to stress and affect numerous other proteins which could potentially be part of any system in the body. ...Read more

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Weak/achy for months. Docs checked immune system in depth and hematology checked blood in depth. No deficiencies/diseases. Should I be reassured?

Weak/achy for months. Docs checked immune system in depth and hematology checked blood in depth. No deficiencies/diseases. Should I be reassured?

Yes: The symptoms you are experiencing may be related to peri-menopausal status. That is a normal condition and you should not worry.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am always feeling tired. I was born with an iron deficiency and weak immune system. What can I do go make myself more energetic?

I am always feeling tired. I was born with an iron deficiency and weak immune system. What can I do go make myself more energetic?

Many answers: If you were born with iron deficiency, this should have been corrected. However I suspect that your problem is not from iron deficiency which can be easily verified by blood tests. Thus you need to see a doctor such as a hematologist to find out what may be causing your anemia. Depression is a far more likely cause for your lack of energy but make sure that nothing else could be wrong. ...Read more

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White tongue most of the time, I'm curious if I have deficient immune system?

White tongue most of the time, I'm curious if I have deficient immune system?

Workup and treatment: There is a condition called thrush which may result in a coated flaky white surface of the tongue. This is caused by a fungus and is treatable. Patients though who experience recurrent or difficult to treat fungal infections should consult their physicians regarding additional testing including a CD4, CD8 count, and total white cell count and differential. ...Read more

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How does age affect the immune system?

How does age affect the immune system?

Old age not golden: Advanced age seems at least in some people to lessen or blunt both immune recognition and the intensity of the humeral and cellular response. Additionally often skin barrier protection is affected as elderly are more prone to skin breakdown. Other protective functions such as cough can be diminished. Additionally other diseases, nutrition and hygiene can more likely affect the elderly. ...Read more

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How does aids affect the immune system?

How does aids affect the immune system?

Hits white bld cells: The HIV virus (leading to aids) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "cd4+ t-helper" cell. With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. ...Read more

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How does HIV affect the immune system?

HIV: Hiv is the disease that destroys CD4 helper t-cells in our body. Aids is the final stage when HIV has won and overwhelmed the immune system. There are so many good treatments, you must see your infectious disease specialist to be placed on appropriate HIV therapy. ...Read more

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How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

Not sure: Adult polycystic kidney disease (numerous cysts form in both kidneys. It is a autosomal dominant genetic disease, meaning you inherit it from your parents. Can cause cysts in the liver and pancreas, aneurysms in the brain which can cause stroke.Urinary tract infections, blood in urine, high blood pressure
kidney stones, renal failure, bowel diverticula can occur. No definite immune issues are related. ...Read more

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How can kidney disease affect the immune system?

How can kidney disease affect the immune system?

Plenty of reasons: If your kidneys are losing protein in your urine (proteinuria), this can affect the production of antibodies to fight infections.
If your kidney disease is a result of uncontrolled diabetes, elevated blood sugars can lower the immune response to infections.
Finally, if one is on dialysis, great care must be taken to keep the dialysis site sterile as this is often a source of infections. ...Read more

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Can the menstrual cycle affect the immune system?

Yes: Hormones do affect the immune system, whether it is good or not is another question. ...Read more

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How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

Lowers immunity: Kidney diseases usually lowers someone's immunity as evidenced by the high risk of these patients to develop infections (pneumonia, urine infection etc) and their lack to respond appropriately to vaccinations (hepatitis. ...). ...Read more

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What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure. ...Read more

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Can radiotherapy affect the immune system?

Can radiotherapy affect the immune system?

Yes it can: Radiation therapy- to treat cancer- causes dna damage to both healthy and cancerous cells within the radiation area treated. The healthy cells can repair themselves while cancer cells generally cannot and die. However, during radiation and for a few weeks, healthy cells are injured. If long bones are in the radiation field, bone marrow function decreases and infection risk is raised temporarily. ...Read more