Guys, you know I’m not one to sugarcoat anything. So I’m just going to give it to you straight.
You’re immune system is putting you in grave danger.
Studies continue to reveal some concerning facts about the coronavirus and senior men.
According to the research, older men are at a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus. And they’re also the most likely to die from the infection.
But it’s not all bad news. That same research has uncovered a potential path for reducing your own individual risk. And I’m going to share that with you today.
But first, let’s take a quick look at WHY men appear to be more prone to catching the virus. As well as why their risk for the most severe complications, including death, may be higher too.
Why MEN may face higher COVID-19 risk
If you’re older, you’re more likely to develop COVID-19. Plus, if you’re a guy, you’re more likely to catch the coronavirus.
And if you’re an OLDER GUY? Well, you’re in a class by yourself.
In fact, one study found older men are 2.4 times more likely to die of the COVID-19 infection than their female peers.
And new research appears to finally help explain that difference.
It turns out women are operating on a different level when it comes to immune system function. Experts say older men’s bodies have a slower, “lazier” immune response.
(Don’t forget, coronavirus symptoms can be different in seniors. I wrote about what to look for here.)
Tests on men with and without the coronavirus find that it can take a guy’s immune system cells up to THREE DAYS LONGER to respond to the infection. And older guys specifically have lower function in the “killer” T cells and “natural killer” cells that are often your front lines in the battle against viruses.
In other words, it sounds like those dragging, aging immune systems could use a swift kick in the pants to get them moving again.
Give your immune system the support it needs
Of course, the research is still in its early stages. And there’s still so much we need to learn about this virus and our own immune systems. So we’ll need more studies to see what – if anything – can do the trick.
Until then, we’ll have to rely on doing what we can to support overall immune function. And that can start with the basic steps which don’t get NEARLY the attention they deserve.
Sleep, for example, is absolutely critical to good immune system function. If you consistently fall short, you could be at higher risk for any number of illnesses and infections from the common cold to pneumonia… and everything in between.
Stress is another significant factor. Research has proven that long-term or chronic stress can lower our immune system’s ability to fight off viral and bacterial invaders. In fact, studies show when you’re stressed out, you produce fewer natural killer cells. Plus, your infection-fighting T-cells mount a significantly weaker defense.
And stress may have an even bigger impact on our immune system as we age. A meta-analysis of existing research shows that folks who are older or already sick are more likely to experience stress-linked immune changes.
But you can take steps to reduce your stress level. Starting today, set aside time each day to take a few deep breaths, relax your body, and shut out any outside thoughts. Many folks find a simple guided meditation can help them do this. Check YouTube for some free ones to try.
The natural therapy ashwagandha is also a proven stress-buster. And as a bonus, less stress usually means better sleep, too.
And of course, make sure your immune system is topped off the with nutrients it needs for maximum function, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and the mineral zinc.