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Can J Appl Physiol. 2004 Aug;29(4):419-43.

Natural killer cells and exercise training in the elderly: a review.

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Dept. of Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada.


Consistent reports of the positive relationship between regular physical activity and immunosenescence have generated much excitement in the field of exercise immunology. It is generally accepted that natural killer (NK) cell activity per NK cell decreases with age; decreases in NKCA have been associated with infection and death in the aged. The effects of exercise and training on natural killer cells, components of the innate immune system, have been studied extensively in young people. However, the published research on the elderly population is limited. Generally it has been found that training increases or does not change natural killer cell activity or counts in the elderly. The clinical relevance of these results is yet to be fully explored. In addition, the limitations of these studies on immune function have been many, and studies are often difficult to compare due to differences in their methods and presentation of results.

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