What is the role of the immune system?

The role of your immune system is to protect your body from infiltration by foreign invaders. These foreign invaders for the most part are microbes. They consist of a mixture of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses that can result in infections taking hold of your body system. Stopping these foreign invaders from entering your body or destroying them if they are introduced is primarily the role of your immune system.

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Immune System Complexities

Your immune system is an incredibly complex creation. It is able to remember million of various invaders that enter or try to get into your body. The role of your immune system is to produce and distribute a blend of fluids and cells to combat and destroy these infiltrators.

In order to do this your immune system has developed an intricate network of communication. This network creates and manages millions of cells which it organises in order to be able to deal with various infections.

The role of your immune system and the way it acts, encourages cells to modify their growth and behavioural patterns.

Autoimmune Diseases

If your immune system becomes damaged or compromised, your natural protection again various infections will be impaired. In some instances your immune system can get things wrong. When it does this it can select the wrong targets. If this happens it creates what are known as auto-immune diseases such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Auto-immune hepatitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Psoriasis
  • Various allergies

In total there are more than 80 autoimmune diseases.

Keeping Your Immune System Healthy

The role of your immune system can be strengthened and supported by good lifestyle choices including:

  • Not smoking
  • Eating a well balanced healthy diet containing fruits, vegetables, grains and fibre and avoiding saturated fats.
  • Regular aerobic exercise
  • Managing your weight

Your immune system is not infallible. This is why it is also advisable to take advantage of the health screening services we provide at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.

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Same Day Private Doctor Consultations at Broadgate GP

If you live and/or work in London and you would like help to treat the symptoms of autoimmune disease, use the walk-in services of Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. You can drop in at your convenience for a same-day consultation. Alternatively you can phone ahead and make a same day (or later) appointment by calling 020 7638 4330.

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