[의학신문·일간보사=이상만 기자] With the Corona 19 crisis, there is growing interest in immunity. According to Google Trends, since the onset of Corona 19, the search for “Corona Vitamins” increased dramatically in February and March of this year, reflecting the trend in the domestic pharmaceutical market, and sales of related dietary supplements such as immune enhancers and vitamin BC increased by at least 50% compared to the same month last year.
Experts point out that eating healthy foods has no significant effect on strengthening immunity, while emphasizing that it is essential to manage immunity through a healthy lifestyle that does not normally sleep, drink alcohol, or smoke. People with strong immunity is low risk of corona19 infection, once infected, because the immune system is formed, such as antibodies, even if the virus re-invades enough to be able to defend.
Immunity plays an important role in preventing the growth of allergens or cancer cells that can proliferate in our body, as well as pathogens that attack the body from external intrusion as a defense ability to protect the body from pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses. In other words, if the immunity is strong, even if exposed to pathogens may be less affected, immunity management is essential for health.
H.Plus (H+) Yangji Hospital Endocrine Internal Medicine Director Lee Hye-ri said, “If the usual immunity is well established, as well as diseases such as colds, corona 19, such as infectious diseases do not have to worry much” “healthy people should also check the immunity state through indicators such as body temperature, breathing, sensory organs, and chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia should be more concerned about immune management.”
Immunity is largely divided into two types of acquired immunity (adaptive immunity) generated after the natural immunity and disease that is built from birth or through vaccination is deeply related to the antioxidant power against free radicals. In general, the antioxidant power begins to gradually fall from the age of 16 because the immune system weakens as the oxidation stress receives the body increases.
What’s more, oxidative sterols (oxysterols) secreted by oxidative stress is important to check the immunity status through out because when long-term exposure to diabetes, atherosclerosis, alzheimer’s disease, such as risk factors can fall. The state of immunity can be checked using various indicators such as body temperature, breathing, and heart rate.
Free radicals + antioxidant capacity
Free radicals: involved in 90% of all diseases including aging, cancer, stroke, atopic dermatitis, Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes
Antioxidant power: the ability to protect the body from oxidative stress
A hormone that restores the body and mind from stress. An important role in the fight against various infections in your body and maintaining immune function
Antinuclear antibodies (FANA)
The antibodies that the immune system creates are self-immune processes that attack their cells.
Indicators to check
DHEA – S
The most abundant steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, which metabolizes lipids in the body
Responsible for immune function, etc.
It plays a decisive role in creating cardelisidine, a physiological antibiotic resistant to harmful viruses and bacteria in the body, which oversees immune function and increases immunity.
First, body temperature is a representative indicator that can check immunity. Experts say that whenever the body temperature drops by one degree, immunity decreases by more than 30%. Therefore, it is possible to estimate the state of immunity based on normal body temperature 36.5. In addition, when breathing noise is mixed or irregular heartbeat, dark color, stinking feces, tongue is stuck in the tongue or the color of the surface changes in a huge, suddenly the sensory organs slow, such as symptoms are signaling a decrease in immunity.
One of the causes of decreased immunity is stress. Stress reduces metabolic function and decreases other metabolic functions. The noise and irregular heartbeat mixed when breathing, dark colors and stinking feces are also signs of decreased immunity. On the other hand, chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia is also an important point for immune checks. Chronic diseases cause blood circulation disorders by raising blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood lipid levels, among other things, diabetes is due to lack of insulin in immune cells
It causes problems with nutrition and has a direct effect on decreased immunity. Therefore, you should try to strengthen your immunity through regular exercise, more than 7 hours of adequate sleep, and a balanced diet.
If you want to check your immunity in more detail, take a blood test. In particular, the blood test items ▲free radicals + antioxidant power (d-ROMs + BAP) ▲Cortisol (Cortisol) ▲Anti-nuclear antibody FANA qualitative ▲DHEA-S ▲ vitamin D (total vitamin D) levels, etc. to check it is helpful in the prevention of viral infections and various diseases.
“Through immune testing, we will be able to check their immune status, manage lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress control, and increase immunity to prevent the occurrence of infections and various diseases from various viruses, including the new corona virus,” said H+ Yangji, director of the Health Promotion Center at Yangji Hospital.