Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016

Growing children can rewire your immune system


A new research study has revealed that more than only awarding you grey hair, the challenges linked with parenting, for example, sleep deprivation, stress and chronic infections, can drastically rewire your immune system.

What is additional, the researchers of the study discovered that growing a child mutually has a larger effect on your immune system than the seasonal ‘flu vaccine or travellers’ gastroenteritis.

Adrian Liston, a co-lead researcher of the study from University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, told that “This is the first time anyone has looked at the immune profiles of two unrelated individuals in a close relationship,”

Liston further cited that “Since parenting is one of the most severe environmental challenges anyone willingly puts themselves through, it makes sense that it radically rewires the immune system – still, it was a surprise that having kids was a much more potent immune challenge than severe gastroenteritis,”

The research study got a thorough gaze at the immune systems of 670 people, varying from two-86 years of age, to recognize much regarding what forces difference in our immune systems amid individuals.

From an evaluation of the results of an array of factors, involving age, gender and fat, one of the major strong factors that changed an individual’s immune system was whether they co-parented a kid.

The research study also illustrated that individuals who resided jointly and shared a kid illustrated a 50 percent decrease in the difference amid their two immune systems, contrasted with the variety appeared in the broader populace.

The results of the research were cited in the journal Nature Immunology.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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