n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Immune system response to stressors : main article

Volume 23, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Acute stress is adaptive and protective. <br>Chronic stress is maladaptive and pathogenic. <br>Most chronic stress has a significant psychological and / or social component. <br>Perception of events, either internal or external, will determine whether the stress axis is activated. <br>The functional neuroendocrine-immune pathways, based on a shared molecular language, is the basis by which the mind / brain affects the immune system. <br>Most chronic stress is immunosuppressive. <br>Certain patient populations are at greater risk of stress-associated immune suppression causing immune-related illness. <br>Stress should be considered a risk factor for illness rather than a cause. <br>Stress reduction can be implemented at the primary health care level as a therapeutic and preventive tool through the integration of self care into primary care. <br>A balanced immune system is optimal for health and is founded on a balanced lifestyle.

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