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Fasting may help protect against immune-related effects of aging

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | June 07, 2014

Fasting may help protect against immune-related effects of aging

The researchers assessed whether fasting could have protective effects for immune cells such as white blood cells.

Researchers reporting in Thursday’s issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Stem Cell have discovered that periodic fasting may fight both chemotherapy-caused and aging-related alterations in immune cell function by restoring stem cells in the blood. The results imply that fasting may offer benefits for cancer patients, the elderly and people with different immune issues.

The toxic effects of chemotherapy can lower the overall effectiveness of anticancer treatments by restricting the dosage and frequency of chemotherapeutic interventions that are bearable for patients.

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